(1) Pierre d'Ailly, Le Marteau
des Hérétiques, president of the council that condemned John Huss.
(2) Judas Asmonæus, surnamed Maccabæus, “the hammer.” (B.C.
(3) St. Augustine is called by Hakewell “That renowned pillar of
truth and hammer of heresies.” (B.C. 395-430.)
(4) John Faber, surnamed Malleus Hereticorum, from the title
of one of his works. (1470-1541.)
(5) St. Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, Malleus Arianorum.
(6) Charles Martel. (689-741.)
“On prétend qu'on lui donna le surnom de Martel, parcequ'il
avait écrasé comme avec un marteau les Sarrasins, qui, sous la conduite
d'Abdérame, avaient envahi la France.” —Bouillet. Dictionnaire
PHRASES AND PROVERBS.
Gone to the hammer.
Applied to goods sent to a sale by auction; the auctioneer giving a
rap with a small hammer when a lot is sold, to intimate that there is
an end to the bidding.
They live hammer and tongs.
Are always quarrelling. They beat each other like hammers, and are
as “cross as the tongs.”
“Both parties went at it hammer and tongs; and hit one another
anywhere and with anything.” —James Payn.
To sell under the hammer. To sell by auction. (See above.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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