tooth and nail


Definition of tooth and nail 

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

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all out, full blast, full tilt

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Examples of tooth and nail in a Sentence

I'll fight tooth and nail to win the finals.

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The Mets, meanwhile, are having a very not-decent season, currently fighting tooth and nail with the Marlins to avoid the humiliation of having the worst record in the National League. Dan Gartland,, "Tim Tebow’s Mom Thinks He’s Ready to Be Called Up to the Majors," 11 July 2018 For a decade, these three have fought tooth and nail for championships and often kept the rest of the series at bay in doing so. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar midseason review, part III: What's still to come," 17 June 2018 And, he's been fighting tooth and nail against voter I.D. laws, which 70 plus percent of the country agrees with. Fox News, "Jonathan Turley: Comey is harming the FBI with tell-all," 19 Apr. 2018 Though Watford fought tooth and nail to keep Silva and eventually succeeded, the damage had already been done., "Why Everton Will Be Marco Silva's Last Chance at Premier League Success After Ugly Watford Split," 17 May 2018 Following a nightmare loan spell in the Premier League with West Ham United, Zaza fought tooth and nail to regain his reputation at Valencia., "AC Milan Reportedly 'On the Verge' of Completing Move for Valencia's Simone Zaza," 5 July 2018 In the meantime, O’Meara said activists are fighting tooth and nail for change, hoping to educate the public about the importance of vaccinating, spaying or neutering strays and ultimately instilling a stronger adoption culture within the country. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "World Cup 2018 host cities in Russia allegedly killing off stray dogs ahead of tournament," 13 June 2018 And in Avenatti’s case, Cohen’s legal team has been fighting tooth and nail to keep him as far away from the New York controversy as possible. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Michael Cohen and Michael Avenatti Both Had a Bad Day in Court," 31 May 2018 While pretending to abet the hearings, Daugherty fought them tooth and nail. Kevin Baker, The New Republic, "Why America needs truth and reconciliation after Trump," 17 May 2018

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1550, in the meaning defined above

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