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 Clemson fought tooth and nail to defeat Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "National title game showdown between Clemson and LSU has place in history at stake," 29 Dec. 2019 For years, the GOP cast itself as the party of fiscal responsibility, fighting tooth and nail against virtually any Obama-era expense even when the struggling economy desperately needed more fiscal stimulus. Catherine Rampell, Twin Cities, "Catherine Rampell: The deficit has gotten worse. This shouldn’t be a surprise.," 16 Oct. 2019 The humurous clip, directed by Lillie Rosemary Wojcik, features both members of the Canadian duo fighting tooth and nail for a blonde beach beauty. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Young Bombs Go to War For Love in 'Better Day' Video Featuring Aloe Blacc: Exclusive," 13 Nov. 2019 My family fought tooth and nail for the last piece of naan because carbohydrates are on our family crest. Anchorage Daily News, "Bombay South offers solid comfort food to beat that late-autumn slump," 6 Nov. 2019 Fighting tooth and nail with Juventus for the Serie A title - with just over a quarter of the season played - and with a talented coach who boasts title success in both of his last two club roles, things are looking up in the blue half of Milan., "6 Players Inter Should Be Looking to Sign During the January Transfer Window," 30 Oct. 2019 After fighting tooth and nail, the Skeleton was eliminated on The Masked Singer tonight., "Skeleton revealed! The Masked Singer uncovers latest celebrity contestant," 17 Oct. 2019 Kane bagged the winner against Southampton on Saturday, fighting tooth and nail to ensure ten-man Tottenham got over the line to secure all three points, showing shouts writing him off were quite obviously premature., "Tottenham Premier League Month in Review: September - Best Player, Performance & Overall Rating," 30 Sep. 2019 Their gripes were poor working conditions and firings after some had tried to unionise—something that in America Fuyao fought tooth and nail, and successfully, to block. The Economist, "A Netflix documentary provokes reflection in China," 29 Aug. 2019

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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 Feb. 2020.

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