tooth and nail


Definition of tooth and nail

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

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I'll fight tooth and nail to win the finals.
Recent Examples on the Web Many such projects are being fought tooth and nail by local communities as well as conservation organizations. New York Times, "Wintry Scenes From a Swedish Wonderland," 21 Dec. 2020 Environmentalists that normally push hard for green energy have fought tooth and nail against the plant’s license renewal. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "America’s green energy hopes hinge on propping up aging nuclear plants," 19 Dec. 2020 Plus, there's also Nicholas, who seems to fighting tooth and nail to get her back. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Trailer for Season 4 Gives Us a Look At Greendale's Biggest Battle Yet," 3 Dec. 2020 Both teams, however, had to fight tooth and nail to score in the second half. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "RSL’s unlucky shot attempts, Rusnák’s solid return, and a lackluster second half on offense," 25 Oct. 2020 Over the course of the last century, women fought tooth and nail for a basic right: the right to vote. Tina Tchen For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The sexist rhetoric around the election proves women still have to fight for respect," 13 Nov. 2020 Gore, the sitting Democratic vice president, and Bush, the brash Republican governor from Texas, fought tooth and nail over the state. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin has its share of nail-biting 21st century presidential races, here are three close races from recent history," 4 Nov. 2020 Now, following Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation, the freedoms that women before us fought tooth and nail for are even more at risk. Eliza Huber,, "Here’s Why It’s Significant That AOC Wore White On Her Vanity Fair Cover," 29 Oct. 2020 The Aggies are fighting tooth and nail against the San Diego State Aztecs, the No. 5 team in the country. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Sam Merrill hit the biggest shot in Utah State basketball history. Here is the oral history of that moment.," 13 June 2020

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First Known Use of tooth and nail

1550, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jan 2021

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“Tooth and nail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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