hammer and tongs

adverb

Definition of hammer and tongs 

: with great force, vigor, or violence went at it hammer and tongs

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hammer-and-tongs adjective

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The way to stand out from the others is to go hammer and tongs for the opponents’ jugulars, or to try to sound more extreme than the others. Jim Jones, idahostatesman, "This wretched election shows why the closed GOP primary is bad for Idaho voters," 18 May 2018 The way to stand out from the others is to go hammer and tongs for the opponents’ jugulars, or to try to sound more extreme than the others. Jim Jones, idahostatesman, "This wretched election shows why the closed GOP primary is bad for Idaho voters," 18 May 2018 The way to stand out from the others is to go hammer and tongs for the opponents’ jugulars, or to try to sound more extreme than the others. Jim Jones, idahostatesman, "This wretched election shows why the closed GOP primary is bad for Idaho voters," 18 May 2018 The way to stand out from the others is to go hammer and tongs for the opponents’ jugulars, or to try to sound more extreme than the others. Jim Jones, idahostatesman, "This wretched election shows why the closed GOP primary is bad for Idaho voters," 18 May 2018 The way to stand out from the others is to go hammer and tongs for the opponents’ jugulars, or to try to sound more extreme than the others. Jim Jones, idahostatesman, "This wretched election shows why the closed GOP primary is bad for Idaho voters," 18 May 2018 The way to stand out from the others is to go hammer and tongs for the opponents’ jugulars, or to try to sound more extreme than the others. Jim Jones, idahostatesman, "This wretched election shows why the closed GOP primary is bad for Idaho voters | Idaho Statesman," 16 May 2018 As the races proceed, surrogates for Mr. Cordray like Senator Elizabeth Warren are likely to take hammer and tongs to the president to rally the Democratic base. New York Times, "Democrats in Rust Belt: Stay Close to Trump, but Not Too Close," 9 May 2018 The world knew them as once-in-a-generation rivals, tennis titans who went at each other hammer and tongs. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "A classic tennis rivalry is dramatized in 'Borg vs. McEnroe'," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hammer and tongs

circa 1780, in the meaning defined above

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