After some slight exchanges they began a hammer-and-tongs game, in which Proser scored heavily.
He slapped Ferdy in the mouth, and the next second they were at it hammer-and-tongs.
Would he make a stand against disciplined tars who were accustomed to close in, hammer-and-tongs?
I wasn't afraid of his frown or of his hammer-and-tongs manner.
But in no case have I much faith in the hammer-and-tongs process at the opening of a campaign.
In another moment they were both at it, hammer-and-tongs, with the advantage in Bulger's favor, owing to his build and strength.
Moreover, the very next day I heard of a more congenial matter in the hammer-and-tongs department of my august profession.
For this kind of irregular guerilla warfare was even more in Cleg's way than a plain, hammer-and-tongs, knockdown fight.
Very violently; with full force: We went at each other hammer and tongs
[1708+; reflecting use of both the blacksmith's main tools]