go at it hammer and tongs

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go at it hammer and tongs

To do something or perform some task with tremendous fervor, determination, energy, or forcefulness. An allusion to the force with which a blacksmith strikes metal using his or her hammer and tongs. What started as a minor disagreement has escalated into a heated argument, and the two have been going at it hammer and tongs ever since. I need to go at this paper hammer and tongs if I want to keep my A in the class.
See also: and, hammer, tongs
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There's a scene in a lift when, as the door closes, we are expected to believe the two stars go at it hammer and tongs but the look on her face suggests, not sex, but that her leading man has just broken wind.
Start at a gentle pace, if you go at it hammer and tongs you'll soon see the alarm in his face.
We feel it's unfair that you can have a situation where Caerphilly have admitted their only concern is the two play-off games and can pick whatever side they want between now and then, while Pontypool and Aberavon have to go at it hammer and tongs.