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  1. vectra's Avatar
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    #1

    when a supermarket is likely to go under the hammer

    Hello,

    Is it possible to use the idion "to come/go under the hammaer" in the following context?
    - You have never enjoyed shopping, have you?
    - No. Once a week I just drive down to one of the nearby stores and buy things in bulk.That's a lot cheaper.
    - I do the same, but buying at a sale is a different thing, especially when a supermarket is likely to go under the hammer.

    I just wanted to show that the supermarket is on the brink of bankruptcy.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: when a supermarket is likely to go under the hammer

    I would simply use "is likely to go under". That means it's likely to fail, go out if business, file for bankruptcy. "To go under the hammer" means "to be put up for sale by auction". The hammer refers to the auctioneer's gavel.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: when a supermarket is likely to go under the hammer

    Took the words out of my mouth, and sprinkled them with fairy-dust.

    b

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