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#19697 - 02/19/01 11:15 PM sledgehammer expression Anonymous
this is driving me nuts, and i can't find the answer on google...
for some reason i've forgotten the expression that goes something like 'using a sledgehammer when a [something] would do'. i know its application; i just can't think of the bloody words.
and on that note, does anyone know of a good searchable database for common expressions such as that one?
#19698 - 02/20/01 12:08 AM Re: sledgehammer expression
Are you thinking of: using a sledgehammer to crack a nut?
#19699 - 02/20/01 03:15 AM Re: sledgehammer expression
You're right, I think, there is such an expression, and it's definitely not something like "... when a nutcracker would do". But I can't think of it either, drat.
[mutters] mackerel and sprat... mountain and molehill... mote and beam...
I'll keep thinking about that one now. I'll come back if I come up with it.
#19700 - 02/20/01 10:12 AM Re: sledgehammer expression
Using a sledgehammer when a tack hammer would do.
#19701 - 02/20/01 10:14 AM Re: sledgehammer expression
>Using a sledgehammer when a tack hammer would do.
There is also an expression that is something like "he never used one word when a whole sentence(?) would do" (used ironically).
#19702 - 02/21/01 03:34 PM Re: sledgehammer expression
Loc: Seattle, Washington, USA
I've also heard it said that one "ought not swat a fly with sledgehammer."
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