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Das ist der Hammer to indicate that something was poorly done or needs improvement, for example a professor saying this to a student about a test. Und jetzt kommt der Hammer Said by a professor when reading a text to indicate that the following word, clause, or sentence was important or perhaps interesting.
Are there any other meanings of this word that I have not listed? This part of the question may be disregarded if this makes the scope to broad to answer. Your interpretations are correct. However, I guess you can summarize them all into one definition, which would read like:. Note, a translation will be very different depending on context.
I doubt there's a similar expression in English. On Redensarten-Index you find more information, also on etymology:. Vielleicht hat sich aus dieser Zeit der Gebrauch dieser Wendung erhalten, die dann im Sinne eines Schicksalsschlags zu deuten wäre Schicksalshammer, Hammer des Gesetzes. Auch die geballte und zuschlagende Faust wird als Hammer bezeichnet.
All of your examples are perfectly idiomatic. Das ist ja der Hammer can be used to express surprise or satisfaction.
In English you'd probably say it takes the cake or something along these lines, or in slang refer to something as "da bomb". Really not all that different :. Hammer is also sometimes used in Der Hammer tora die Fälschungen think "Mörderhammer" and can also have sexual connotations, much like the more general "tool" in English. There are more: "Der hat ja einen Hammer" meaning that someone is regarded as intellectually limited or even mentally Der Hammer tora die Fälschungen.
The sexual connotation is actually quite common, usually referring to a supposedly big or powerful penis as in "Hammer in der Hose". In my experience, it can be used as both a noun Das ist der Hammer! Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered.
Asked 5 Der Hammer tora die Fälschungen, 7 months ago. Active 5 years, 7 months ago. Viewed 19k times. My question is about the word 'Hammer' in colloquial and idiomatic usage. I have heard this word used in three ways in German: Das Der Hammer tora die Fälschungen der Hammer to indicate that something is cool or awesome Das ist der Der Hammer tora die Fälschungen to indicate that something was poorly done or needs improvement, for example a professor saying this to a student about a test Und jetzt kommt der Hammer Said by a professor when reading a text to indicate that the following word, clause, or sentence was important or perhaps interesting My question: Are these all valid idiomatic or colloquial uses of this word?
Have I correctly interpreted and explained each situational meaning in my examples? Patrick Sebastien Patrick Sebastien 2 2 gold badges 7 7 silver badges 19 19 bronze badges. I don't know if that is a general trend but I increasingly use "hammer" in combination with adjectives in sense of "extremely" You know what?
However, I guess you can summarize them all into one definition, which would read like: A "Hammer" is something which is very unusual, exceptional, surprising or even unbelievable. Context will clarify if it's good or bad. So, imho the meanings are not too different. I see only two differences in your examples : Good versus bad The degree of abnormality Note, a translation will be very different depending on context.
On Redensarten-Index you find more information, also on etymology: umgangssprachlich; Redensart, die kontextabhängig sowohl für angenehme als auch für unangenehme Ereignisse gebraucht wird.
Em1 Em1 This was very informative. The etymology is especially helpful. Der Hammer tora die Fälschungen you. Well explained. One might add that it also can point to a shattering experience, Der Hammer tora die Fälschungen in an expression like: "Das war schon ein ziemlicher Hammer für mich Really not all that different : Und jetzt kommt der Hammer Used to highlight an important, perhaps unsuspected part or fact.
And now for the kicker. There are a few other fixed expressions: Jemandem zeigen wo der Hammer hängt. Show somebody who's boss. Etwas kommt unter den Hammer is sold at auction. Den Hammer fallen lassen stopping to work, rather abruptly, e. Ingmar Ingmar Very informative. Thank you for the additional usages. I Der Hammer tora die Fälschungen curious what the connotation of "Etwas kommt unter den Hammer" is?
I know that at a formal auction a hammer or gavel is used to finalize the sale. However does this phrase carry any negative connotations or is it just neutral? An hypothetical negative connotation, of which I am thinking: "Ich konnte nicht mehr für mein Haus bezahlen und so jetzt nimmt die Bank ihn.
Er kommt morgen unter den Hammer. Could you clarify? PatrickSebastien Yes, the connotation of "unter den Hammer kommen" is not the best. It is thought that auctioning off items or entire houses this way is caused by plight and that it is likely that you will get a price below the fair value whatever that is.
I'm not sure I agree completely. Sure, in the case describe above your may be correct, but it will always depend on circumstances.
Just imagine a newspaper article claiming that "bei Sothebys kommen nächste Woche Kunstwerke aus dem zaristischen Russland or whatever unter den Hammer". Nothing wrong with that, is there? Ingo thank you both. I discern that it could be Der Hammer tora die Fälschungen or positive depending on the circumstances but is inherently neither of these.
I appreciate the answers. Ingmar you are right: with items that are always or predominantly auctioned off the negative connotations of "unter den Hammer kommen" seem to weaken. However, even in this case, to me "werden bei Sothebys versteigert" would sound more neutral.
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