hammer and tongs


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hammer and tongs

adv.
With tremendous energy or effort; vigorously: worked hammer and tongs to meet the deadline.

ham′mer and tongs′


adv.
with great energy, determination, or vehemence; wholeheartedly.
[1700–10]
References in classic literature ?
In charge of it was the lean, grizzled, leatherskinned Sir Jules de Vac, and it was he whom Henry commanded to face him in mimic combat with the foils, for the King wished to go with hammer and tongs at someone to vent his suppressed rage.
We recognised each other with a laugh, and presently were at it, hammer and tongs.
He expects the BIR, through its stepped-up joint efforts with the Bureau of Customs (BOC), to continue running after big-time tax evaders "with hammer and tongs.
The revenue agencies will go after them with hammer and tongs," Dominguez said at the recent BIR Annual Planning Session held in Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Nigel, right, and the team will demonstrate their skills with anvil, hammer and tongs, making wrought iron products such as fireside irons, curtain poles, chandeliers, lanterns and all kinds of lighting.
23 -- Tamil Guardian, a pro-LTTE, pro-Tamil nationalistic news website has gone hammer and tongs on the appointment of Ankajan Ramanathan who has been rejected by Tamils as the national list MP.
The Baggies hierarchy are still to weigh up whether they are prepared to go hammer and tongs for Ba who is set to command a club record fee and record-busting wages.
Former team-mates Lindgren and Worrall were at it hammer and tongs in the early laps of heat nine, the Diamond just taking the win in the shared heat with Somerset still four ahead, but Henry with another superb win and Covatti halved the gap in neat 10.
HAMMER AND TONGS Drummond United player Chris Thompson and Peter Greenwood of Lower Shankill at the Hammer
Once you have a taste you don't want it to end and we'll be going hammer and tongs next year to have more days like this.
We both started in management at the same sort of time, him at Notts County and me at Sheffield United, 14 or 15 years ago and we've been hammer and tongs at each other since.
But don't worry, we will be hammer and tongs against France.