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tooth and nail

noun
1.
with all one's resources or energy; fiercely:
We fought tooth and nail but lost.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35
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  • Yet many of the new members seem determined to fight tooth and nail for dramatic cuts to the budget in particular.
  • Pharmaceutical companies will fight this tooth and nail.
  • The market has changed, but the major players are fighting tooth and nail to keep going the way things have been.
  • They are fighting tooth and nail to delay that day often with the silliest of arguments.
  • Even though you have to fight tooth and nail to get a tenure track job in any of those.
  • So they fight tooth and nail to preserve their old ways in the face of advancing technology.
  • Unfortunately, special interests will fight tooth and nail to stop us.
  • He stood mute as this administration fought tooth and nail to keep any of this information from coming out for a year.
  • Every gain that either made was at the expense of the other, and was fought tooth and nail.
  • Opponents continued to fight tooth and nail against the old-age pension tide.
tooth and nail in Culture

tooth and nail definition


To fight “tooth and nail” is to fight with the intensity and ferocity of a wild animal: “The resistance forces fought the invading troops tooth and nail.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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