tooth and nail
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- (idiomatic) Viciously; with all one's strength or power; without holding back.
- For a century, the two families fought tooth and nail over control of the land.
- 2012, The Economist, 06 Oct 2012, Education: Class Warfare
- In a second term Mr Obama’s administration is likely to press ahead with its struggle to hold for-profit colleges more accountable for their results: something the industry is fighting tooth and claw.
- The variant tooth and claw sometimes appears (though not as an adverb) as the fuller phrase nature, red in tooth and claw, which quotes 1850, Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam A. H. H. —
- Who trusted God was love indeed
- And love Creation′s final law?
- Tho′ Nature, red in tooth and claw
- With ravine, shriek′d against his creed?