Learner's definition of HAMMERING
the sound made when something is being hit by a hammer, by rain, etc.
— used to say that someone or something has been very forcefully hit, damaged, criticized, etc.
The old church got/took quite a hammering [=was badly damaged] during the storm.
The governor took a hammering from the media for his decision.
Our team got/took quite a hammering [=was badly beaten] in yesterday's game.