tooth and nail


Definition of tooth and nail

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

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Synonyms for tooth and nail


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 company has been fighting tooth and nail to protect that investment ever since. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "After Stunning Ruling, Adidas' Iconic Logo Could Lose Some Trademark Protection in EU," 20 June 2019 The formidable archduchess, by then nearly 50, had also grown up in Bavaria, but fought tooth and nail to impose her will on the Austrian court. National Geographic, "Life for this Bavarian princess was no fairy tale," 14 May 2019 The Trump administration is all but certain to fight against that characterization tooth and nail. Dara Lind, Vox, "Exclusive: new lawsuit claims Trump illegally denied asylum claims of separated parents," 20 Aug. 2018 For instance, carbon neutrality will require a great deal of the oil industry, which fought Brown tooth and nail for years, and of the NIMBYs that helped defeat SB827, the urban-density bill. David Roberts, Vox, "California Gov. Jerry Brown casually drops history’s most ambitious climate target," 11 Sep. 2018 Its success reiterates the activist belief that if net neutrality can’t be saved on the federal level, the fight will have to be fought tooth and nail, state by state. Karl Bode, The Verge, "California is leading the state-by-state fight for net neutrality," 1 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of tooth and nail

1550, in the meaning defined above

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