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sledgehammer expression #19697
02/20/01 04:15 AM 02/20/01 04:15 AM
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?
Re: sledgehammer expression #19698
02/20/01 05:08 AM 02/20/01 05:08 AM
Joined: Apr 2000
Are you thinking of: using a sledgehammer to crack a nut?
Re: sledgehammer expression #19699
02/20/01 08:15 AM 02/20/01 08:15 AM
Joined: Dec 2000
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.
Re: sledgehammer expression #19700
02/20/01 03:12 PM 02/20/01 03:12 PM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 13,858 wwh
Using a sledgehammer when a tack hammer would do.
Re: sledgehammer expression #19701
02/20/01 03:14 PM 02/20/01 03:14 PM
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 1,981 jmh
>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).
Re: sledgehammer expression #19702
02/21/01 08:34 PM 02/21/01 08:34 PM
Joined: Sep 2000
Seattle, Washington, USA Father Steve
Seattle, Washington, USA
I've also heard it said that one "ought not swat a fly with sledgehammer."
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