hammer and tongs

noun
with great vigor, determination, or vehemence: When he starts a job he goes at it hammer and tongs.

Origin:
1700–10


hard, energetically, fiercely, wholeheartedly.
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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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The crazy fellow was much of an athlete and went at it hammer and tongs.
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