pile-driver


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.

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

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

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