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hammer and tongs

noun
1.
with great vigor, determination, or vehemence:
When he starts a job he goes at it hammer and tongs.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10
Synonyms
hard, energetically, fiercely, wholeheartedly.
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  • The crazy fellow was much of an athlete and went at it hammer and tongs.
Slang definitions & phrases for hammer and tongs

hammer and tongs

adverb phrase

Very violently; with full force: We went at each other hammer and tongs

[1708+; reflecting use of both the blacksmith's main tools]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with hammer and tongs

hammer and tongs

Forcefully, with great vigor. For example, She went at the weeds hammer and tongs, determined to clean out the long neglected flowerbed. Often put as go at it hammer and tongs, this phrase alludes to the blacksmith's tools. [ c. 1700 ]
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