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when the hammer comes down

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when the hammer comes down

adverb phrase

When the decision is made; when all is said and done: I just hope that when the hammer comes down, that they will look at my performance on the field

[1990s+; probably fr the terminating blow of the auctioneer's hammer]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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