An authoritative person; strongman
[1950s+ Black; perhaps an echo of John Henry]
She looked around like a bird in a snare; the hammer-man was not far away and impulsively she flew over to him.
By this time the hammer-man and Miss Gerald were beyond his range of vision.
Think of the hammer-man pretending to try to keep Bob out of jail!
Oh, Im a loser all right, said Bob, looking at the hammer-man.
Really, old chapbegan the hammer-man sedulously, and he looked awfully sorry.
He didnt forget that he hadnt a shadow of proof against the hammer-man.
The hammer-man looked quickly toward Miss Gerald, and his eyes were full of jealousy for an instant.
When the hammer-man heard the question, his brows lifted slightly.
Im trying to make up my mind whether you arent really a dangerous person to be at large, said the hammer-man heavily.
To speak would be but to court the contempt of the others, the laughter of the hammer-man.