to drop the hammer

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - drop the hammer

"to drop the hammer"

to take decisive action


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - drop the hammer

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How long have you been waiting for that report from John for?

Colleague 2:  Just over two weeks.

Colleague 1:  Don't you think it is about time that you force him to finish it? The deadline has long passed.

Colleague 2:  The timing is getting critical and I really do need that report. I suppose I will have to drop the hammer on John soon.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - drop the hammer

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Why aren't you playing your video game?

Friend 2:  My mother dropped the hammer yesterday. She told me that she had been pestering me to clean the garage for far too long and that she was taking away my video games until I cleaned the garage.

Friend 1:  Guess you had better clean the garage then, huh?

to drop the hammer - Usage:


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to drop the hammer - Gerund Form:

Dropping the hammer, the boss made the decision to put the project on hold.

to drop the hammer - Examples:

1)  ... officers in cities like Chicago complaining that their bosses are not letting them drop the hammer on crime or that they are actively being sabotaged.

2)  ... drink with a smile on his face, but know that he can drop the hammer down on anyone at anytime. That, my friends, is power.

3)  ... coach was calm and relatively optimistic. Maybe he didn't want to drop the hammer again because he senses the team is in a fragile state.

4)  Of course, if any outfit can figure out a way to drop the hammer on non-complying tweeters and up-your-nose trolls, it's the IOC.

5)  ... is the greatest show of cowardice I've ever seen. So, drop the hammer on them.

6)  ... has publicly stated that his administration will drop the hammer on anyone who tries to stall or avoid the continuing battle.

7)  ... and bury this change late on a summer Friday -- Trump decided to drop the hammer on a Monday morning, ensuring it drives the news week.

8)  ... practical solutions have remained elusive. # Many say it's time to drop the hammer on tiny offshore nations that lure wealth from the countries where it is earned.

9)  ... continues to get deeper, with city politicians hearing they may have to drop the hammer on property taxpayers in the coming years to begin chipping away at a massive backlog ...

10)  The NFL attempted to drop the hammer on the Patriots, doling out a four-game suspension to quarterback Tom Brady.

11)  It wasn't like the Bison dropped the hammer, but they did just enough to win.

12)  And then Alberta's new NDP government dropped the hammer, saying the province would be coal-power free by 2030.

13)  ... and his lawsuit says the Tour should have looked into it before it dropped the hammer on him.

14)  Prosecutors have dropped the hammer on sixteen NYPD officers who were indicted this past Friday morning ...

15)  He also told me that Butch has dropped the hammer across the board and is working extremely hard to get everybody in line so there ...

16)  But dropping the hammer is sometimes the only option. Especially if someone is not moving, maybe they ...

17)  ... by once again tightening the rules on mortgage lending, this time dropping the hammer on the thing the real estate industry has long dreaded -- an increase in the ...

18)  Maybe it's time that networks start dropping the hammer on these floundering shows and just let them die with dignity. 

19)  Teams, leagues and sponsors don't wait for the facts before dropping the hammer.

20)  Dropping the hammer on these kids is not an effective way to keep them in school.