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pile driver

noun
1.
a machine for driving piles, usually composed of a tall framework in which either a weight is raised and dropped on a pile head or in which a steam hammer drives the pile.
2.
a person who operates such a machine.
3.
a person who hits or attacks forcefully or powerfully.
4.
Wrestling. a move whereby an opponent is turned upside down and slammed headfirst to the mat.
5.
British Sports. a powerful stroke, hit, kick, etc.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75
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British Dictionary definitions for pile-driver

pile-driver

noun
1.
a machine that drives piles into the ground either by repeatedly allowing a heavy weight to fall on the head of the pile or by using a steam hammer
2.
(informal) a forceful punch or kick
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Word Origin and History for pile-driver
n.

1772 in literal sense, from pile (n.2) + driver. Figurative sense of "very strong hit" is recorded from 1858.

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