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Hammer something into someone

Posted by ESC on May 16, 2004

In Reply to: Hammer something into someone posted by Bob on May 16, 2004

: : Doe the phrase *Hammer something into someone* mean to force someone to to remember something by repeating it , and therefore equivalent of *cramming*?

: : thanks
: Yes and no. It does mean to repeat something forcefully and frequently. "Cramming" doesn't contain that element of repeating, repeating, repeating...

Isn't "hammering" something in akin to learning by rote?

Cramming is last-minute desperate learning as practiced by college students the night before a test.