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claw hammer

a hammer having a head with one end curved and cleft for pulling out nails.
Informal. a dress coat.
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clawhammer, adjective Unabridged
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  • Exchanging the claw-hammer for his office coat, Burns went out by way of the French window to the rear of the house.

    Red Pepper Burns Grace S. Richmond
  • We had no stretcher, so Dinky-Dunk made shift with me and a claw-hammer.

    The Prairie Wife Arthur Stringer
  • Togged up to the nines with his claw-hammer, cuff-shooters, gloves, and crush-hat.

  • There's many on 'em, with claw-hammer coats and diamonds in their shirt-fronts, as hasn't got two quid to knock together.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • While Watkins held up the lid the thief tore off his claw-hammer coat and stuffed that down into the chest.

    Officer 666 Barton W. Currie
  • To remedy this he moused around until he discovered some long nails and a claw-hammer.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
  • Two nouns used in other than their natural signification; claw-hammer.

    Compound Words Frederick W. Hamilton
  • The master wore a frock coat, but the servant was dressed in a "claw-hammer," and looked like a first-class waiter.

    Fighting for the Right Oliver Optic
  • I don't believe you have put on a claw-hammer coat since you've been up here, except for club dinners.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
  • The waists were short, like the frocks of the women, and the long "claw-hammer" tail was split up to the waist.

British Dictionary definitions for claw-hammer

claw hammer

a hammer with a cleft at one end of the head for extracting nails Also called carpenter's hammer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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