In this post, we explain the football phrase ‘to hammer’.hammer

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(to) Hammer

This phrase is used in football when one team beats another team easily. It also refers to a very hard shot:
(a) To thrash, crush, beat another team heavily.
(b) To hit the ball hard; to strike the ball with power
  • Example: Ronaldo hammered the ball home from outside the box
  • Example: Manchester City were hammered 8-1 by Middlesbrough in 2008
  • Example: Spain hammered Italy 4-0 in the 2012 European Championship final

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