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hammer out

Meaning: to reach an agreement or solution after a lot of negotiation or discussion

For example:

  • hammer out sth It took their lawyers nearly a year to hammer out a divorce settlement.

  • hammer sth out How long does it usually take to hammer one of these contracts out?

Nouns often used as objects with
hammer out: agreement, contract, settlement, deal, plan, policy, guidelines, regulations

Quick Quiz:

The representatives of the two companies are trying to hammer out
  1. a problem
  2. a conference
  3. an agreement

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