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. I may say that we were all fairly intimate friends, and thus had the advantage of entire liberty of speech.
With Zippy and George "going at it hammer and tongs" during an archbishop's set visit among the gang's risque pranks, what did Bungle make of the high jinks?
Summary: Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India], June 6 (ANI): With West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee going hammer and tongs against those who allegedly bid to vilify her by chanting "Jai Shri Ram", Mahant Balak Das of Varanasi has sent a copy of Shri Ramcharitmanas to her asserting that reading the revered Hindu scripture will definitely purify her mind.
It promises to be a cracker with the top two teams in England going at it hammer and tongs.
This experienced duo have never played each other, but there is every chance that they could hit it out hammer and tongs over a long distance.
Weeks later, poor Padraig found the proverbial kitchen too hot in Dubai, and got out as quickly as possible when Tiger Woods and Thomas Bjorn were going at it hammer and tongs down the stretch.
Forest boss Calderwood said: "We will go hammer and tongs against Leyton Orient next week and hope they don't win at Millwall."
It sounds wonderful, but anytime they are hurt (and in this film there are countless times as the two fight like hammer and tongs) they don't die but rejuvenate, making them look like old cars with peeling paint.
To start off with, we were going at it hammer and tongs over the epic between Rewilding and So You Think at Royal Ascot.
going at each other hammer and tongs when they meet in tonight's Aussie Open final, writes Adrian Humphries.
"Everyone had to up their game because he was going at it hammer and tongs."