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#19697 - 02/20/01 04:15 AM sledgehammer expression
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 05:08 AM Re: sledgehammer expression Joined: Apr 2000
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Are you thinking of: using a sledgehammer to crack a nut?
#19699 - 02/20/01 08:15 AM Re: sledgehammer expression Joined: Dec 2000
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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 03:12 PM Re: sledgehammer expression Joined: Jan 2001
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Using a sledgehammer when a tack hammer would do.
#19701 - 02/20/01 03:14 PM Re: sledgehammer expression Joined: Mar 2000
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>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 08:34 PM Re: sledgehammer expression Joined: Sep 2000
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I've also heard it said that one "ought not swat a fly with sledgehammer."
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