use a sledgehammer to crack a nut

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British pronunciation/jˈuːs tˈeɪk ɐ slˈɛdʒhamə tə kɹˈak ɐ nˈʌt/
American pronunciation/jˈuːs tˈeɪk ɐ slˈɛdʒhæmɚ tə kɹˈæk ɐ nˈʌt/
to use a sledgehammer to crack a nut
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to put more energy and force than is necessary into doing something

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to [use|take] a sledgehammer to crack a nut definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "use a sledgehammer to crack a nut" and when to use it?

The idiom "use a sledgehammer to crack a nut" has its roots in the world of tools and construction. It arises from the practice of using a sledgehammer, a heavy and powerful tool, for the purpose of breaking a small and relatively fragile object, like a nut. This expression is commonly used to criticize a situation where someone is employing an overly complex or excessive approach to deal with a simple or minor problem.

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Hiring a lawyer for a minor traffic ticket is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
Hiring an expensive lawyer for a minor traffic violation is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
50 police officers to arrest two unarmed men is surely using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
Planning a grand, expensive wedding for an intimate gathering is akin to using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
Bringing in a specialist to fix a tiny computer issue is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
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