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Under the hammer

Posted by Bob on January 06, 2007

In Reply to: Under the hammer posted by Sameer on January 06, 2007

: thanks for your your previous message I got another word that the cricket commentators use quite frequently which is "have somebody under the hammer" in cricket. I am confuse over the use of this word. Could you help me out in making connections in this question. look forward to your reply.thanks

A hammer is a large and heavy tool. A striking instrument that makes an impact on whatever it hits. If you are "under the hammer," you are about to be struck and damaged. It is a METAPHOR for facing danger, a lot like looking down the barrel, or being on the mat..