tooth and nail

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tooth and nail

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).
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tooth′ and nail′

with all one's resources or energy; fiercely.
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Adv.1.tooth and nail - with force and ferocitytooth and nail - with force and ferocity; "she fought tooth and nail"
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(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.
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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. The man found her no easy prey.
"We will keep fighting tooth and nail until the end to stay in this division.
LIAM Ridgewell has endorsed Albion's pursuit of new players - but claims the current squad will fight 'tooth and nail' to ensure another productive season for the club.
FORMER Everton favourite Tim Cahill thinks that the Blues will fight 'tooth and nail' to convince David Moyes to stay beyond his current Goodison contract and believes that his old boss is a very difficult act to follow.
Delray Beach, FL, October 29, 2012 --( Treatment Magazine, the nation's leading trade publication covering the $30 billion a year addiction treatment industry, explores how addiction centers fight tooth and nail for the highly lucrative business of treating doctors who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.