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triphammer

or trip hammer

[trip-ham-er] /ˈtrɪpˌhæm ər/
noun
1.
Machinery. a heavy hammer raised and then let fall by means of some tripping device, as a cam.
adjective
2.
of, resembling, or characteristic of the repetitive and forceful pounding of a triphammer:
He was subjected to triphammer interrogation by the police detectives.
Origin of triphammer
1775-1785
1775-85, Americanism; trip1 + hammer
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  • It sounds like a triphammer against a steel plate, and closer and closer come the metallic crashes.

  • But I could have as soon succeeded in pulling it from beneath a triphammer.

  • She had lifted her gaze to meet his, quite sure that her answer was not in doubt, but now her heart was beating like a triphammer.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine
  • Its underside buckled from triphammer contact with rock slides and a few larger logs.

    Fly By Night Arthur Dekker Savage
  • Her heart was beating like a triphammer,—she felt strangely weak in the knees.

    West Wind Drift George Barr McCutcheon
  • The last crack of a triphammer, peckering at a giant pile of iron down the112 block, dies out on the dead air.

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
  • Then he stood upon it, his heart pounding like a triphammer.

    Tom Slade on a Transport Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • The last crack of a triphammer, peckering at a giant pile of iron down the block, dies out on the dead air.

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
  • The fiddler twisted and turned, but his head went like a triphammer on the seat.

    Baddeck and That Sort of Thing Charles Dudley Warner
  • Frank's heart was beating like a triphammer and his nerves were at a fearful tension.

British Dictionary definitions for triphammer

triphammer

/ˈtrɪpˌhæmə/
noun
1.
a power hammer that is raised or tilted by a cam and allowed to fall under gravity
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