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 Hammer.Hammer of the Scotch. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Hammer.
 
PHRASES AND PROVERBS.   1
   Gone to the hammer. Applied to goods sent to a sale by auction; the auctioneer giving a rap with a small hammer when a lot is sold, to intimate that there is an end to the bidding.   2
   They live hammer and tongs. Are always quarrelling. They beat each other like hammers, and are as “cross as the tongs.”   3
        “Both parties went at it hammer and tongs; and hit one another anywhere and with anything.”—James Payn.
   To sell under the hammer. To sell by auction. (See above.)   4
 


 Hammer.Hammer of the Scotch. 

 
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