I am looking for a saying to express a situation that one is apt to apply anything instantly when it is at hand. I do not remember the saying. It seems to be that 'you will find nails everywhere when you have got a hammer'. I know it was used in some article of the US. What is the original saying?

For the saying, I think it implies that it is always easy for anyone to find an excuse for doing something. Does it sometimes mean that?

  • Entering "you will find nails everywhere when you have got a hammer" into Google, Bing, Altavista, Lycos, Yahoo, and probably others, reliably gets you this link as the top result, and this dictionary entry not much further down. You could also have searched this very site for "nails hammer". – RegDwigнt Feb 6 '13 at 10:25
  • @RegDwigнt I guess he didn't have a search box. "If you don't have a hammer, there could be nails everywhere and you would not see them." Ouch! Careful walking... – user126158 Apr 22 '16 at 1:17

"If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail."


I think you are somewhat correct. It does kind of mean that people will find to do something, in a specific manner when their knowledge or resources are limited. They are inclined to believe that their method is correct and the best possible one.

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