tooth and nail


Definition of tooth and nail

: with every available means : all out fight tooth and nail

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Examples of tooth and nail in a Sentence

I'll fight tooth and nail to win the finals.
Recent Examples on the Web Bank management, however, fought these resolutions tooth and nail. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 26 Apr. 2022 And a good film makes our heroes or our villains have to fight tooth and nail in order to hold on to those things. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 6 Apr. 2022 But today’s Republicans are under marching orders from Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, major donors, and the Trumpist base to oppose everything Democrats try to do tooth and nail. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 4 Apr. 2022 School desegregation was fought tooth and nail by white parents and public officials in city after city, North and South, over the course of decades. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2022 Some, like Violet, are prepared to take life changing measures, like leaving the state, while others are ready to stay and fight tooth and nail. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, 27 Feb. 2022 Both teams are fighting tooth and nail for positioning. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 1 Jan. 2022 My parents fought tooth and nail to get us here in 1989 when the Soviet Union fell. WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 The second installment of the away fixture saw Barca fight tooth and nail, and though Memphis' winning penalty after Ferran Torres levelled the score was dubious, the Xavi effect could clearly be seen once more in all its glory. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tooth and nail

1550, in the meaning defined above

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“Tooth and nail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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