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.
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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.
Forest boss Calderwood said: "We will go hammer and tongs against Leyton Orient next week and hope they don't win at Millwall.
All four of us brothers were highly competitive with work stuff as well as rugby and Cameron and I used to go hammer and tongs.