crack a nut with a sledgehammer

Crack a nut with a sledgehammer
If you use a sledgehammer to crack a nut, you apply too much force to achieve a result. ('Jackhammer' is also used.)

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  • crack a nut with a sledgehammer —    If you use a sledgehammer to crack a nut, you apply too much force to achieve a result. ( Jackhammer is also used.)   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • use a sledgehammer to crack a nut — take/use/a sledgehammer to crack a nut british phrase to do something with more force or energy than you need to Thesaurus: to behave in an uncontrolled waysynonym Main entry: sledgehammer * * * use a ˌsledgehammer to crack a ˈnut f12 …   Useful english dictionary

  • take a sledgehammer to crack a nut — take/use/a sledgehammer to crack a nut british phrase to do something with more force or energy than you need to Thesaurus: to behave in an uncontrolled waysynonym Main entry: sledgehammer …   Useful english dictionary

  • use (or take) a sledgehammer to crack a nut — informal use disproportionately drastic measures to deal with a simple problem. → nut …   English new terms dictionary

  • use a sledgehammer to crack a nut — British & Australian to do something with more force than is necessary to achieve the result you want. Sending ten men to arrest one small boy was a clear case of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut …   New idioms dictionary

  • sledgehammer — /ˈslɛdʒhæmə/ (say slejhamuh) noun 1. a large heavy hammer, often held with both hands; sledge. –adjective 2. forceful: a sledgehammer blow. 3. like a sledgehammer; powerful or ruthless. 4. crude; heavy handed: sledgehammer diplomacy. –verb (t) 5 …   Australian English dictionary

  • nut — noun 1》 a fruit consisting of a hard or tough shell around an edible kernel.     ↘the hard kernel of such a fruit. 2》 a small flat piece of metal or other material, typically square or hexagonal, with a threaded hole through it for screwing on to …   English new terms dictionary

  • sledgehammer — UK [ˈsledʒˌhæmə(r)] / US [ˈsledʒˌhæmər] noun [countable] Word forms sledgehammer : singular sledgehammer plural sledgehammers 1) a long heavy hammer that you swing with both hands 2) a way of doing something that uses a lot more power or force… …   English dictionary

  • sledgehammer — [[t]sle̱ʤhæmə(r)[/t]] sledgehammers also sledge hammer 1) N COUNT A sledgehammer is a large, heavy hammer with a long handle, used for breaking up rocks and concrete. 2) PHRASE: Ns inflect If you say that someone is using a sledgehammer to crack… …   English dictionary

  • Russian sayings — give an insight into many aspects of Russian history, culture, and national character. The Russian language is replete with many hundreds of proverbs ( пословица IPA|/pʌˈslovitsʌ/) and sayings ( поговоркa IPA|/pəgʌˈvorkʌ/). These were already… …   Wikipedia


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