tooth and nail


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tooth and nail

adv.
With every available resource; with unrelenting effort: "Bureaucrats would correctly see this as a curb on their power and would fight tooth and nail against it" (George R. Packard).

tooth′ and nail′



adv.
with all one's resources or energy; fiercely.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.tooth and nail - with force and ferocitytooth and nail - with force and ferocity; "she fought tooth and nail"
Translations
zuby nehty
med næb og kløer
foggal-körömmelkörömmel
kjafti og klóm
zubami-nechtami
bütün gücüyle

tooth

(tuːθ) nounplural teeth (tiːθ)
1. any of the hard, bone-like objects that grow in the mouth and are used for biting and chewing. He has had a tooth out at the dentist's.
2. something that looks or acts like a tooth. the teeth of a comb/saw.
teethe (tiːð) verb
(of a baby) to grow one's first teeth. He cries a lot because he's teething.
toothed adjective
having teeth. a toothed wheel.
ˈtoothless adjective
without teeth. a toothless old woman.
ˈtoothy adjective
showing a lot of teeth. a toothy grin.
ˈtoothache noun
a pain in a tooth. He has / is suffering from toothache.
ˈtoothbrush noun
a brush for cleaning the teeth.
ˈtoothpaste noun
a kind of paste used to clean the teeth. a tube of toothpaste.
ˈtoothpick noun
a small piece of wood, plastic etc for picking out food etc from between the teeth.
be/get etc long in the tooth
(of a person or animal) to be, become etc, old. I'm getting a bit long in the tooth to climb mountains.
a fine-tooth comb
a comb with the teeth set close together, for removing lice, dirt etc from hair etc.
a sweet tooth
a liking for sweet food. My friend has a sweet tooth.
tooth and nail
fiercely and with all one's strength. They fought tooth and nail.
References in classic literature ?
They fell upon D'Arnot tooth and nail, beating him with sticks and stones and tearing at him with claw-like hands.
Then she fought him, as any jungle she might fight, with tooth and nail.
We will keep fighting tooth and nail until the end to stay in this division.
I think they'll be fighting tooth and nail to keep him because he's a hard man to replace," said Cahill.
Asked about clubs trying to take relegation-threatened Villa's players, Lambert replied: "You've got to fight tooth and nail to make sure that doesn't happen, that's one thing I can't let happen.