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In 1606, the bubonic plague returned to London. Two years earlier, it had killed 30,000 of its inhabitants. The plague hit like a hammer that winter. This time the city took no chances. It shut down on a massive scale. All the theaters closed. This was a bitter blow for playwrights and actors. Out of work and under house arrest, they had little to do but twiddle their thumbs and play the waiting game.


hit like a hammer: does it mean it has given the city a big blow? I don't find this phrase in the dictionary but sounds like this meaning

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Ella Yehit like a hammer: does it mean it has given the city a big blow? I don't find this phrase in the dictionary but sounds like this meaning

"Hit like a hammer" is not a standard expression. It is just this writer's simile for the disastrous effect the plague had.