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 Sleck-stone.Sleep (Anglo-Saxon slæpen). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Sledge-hammer.
 
A sledge-hammer argument. A clincher; an argument which annihilates opposition at a blow. The sledge-hammer is the largest sort of hammer used by smiths, and is wielded by both hands. The word sledge is the Saxon slecge (a sledge).   1
 


 Sleck-stone.Sleep (Anglo-Saxon slæpen). 

 
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