Monkey-hammer

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Monkey-hammer a drop-press with a ram, which is raised and let drop freely
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old It. monicchio, dim. of Old It. monna, nickname for an old woman, an ape, contr. of It. madonna, mistress.

Usage

In literature:

Well, the boys got their monkey up, hammering the Dagos.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
And there should be an ironclad rule, never use a monkey-wrench for a hammer.
"Farm Mechanics" by Herbert A. Shearer
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