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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 a 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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hammer and tongs

Forcefully, with great vigor. For example, She went at the weeds hammer and tongs, determined to clean out the long neglected flowerbed . Often put as go at it hammer and tongs, this phrase alludes to the blacksmith's tools. [c. 1700]
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hammer and tongs

with great energy and noise.
The image here is of a blacksmith striking the hot iron removed from the forge with a pair of tongs.
1996 Emma Lathen Brewing Up a Storm The big fight she had with Sean Cushing . They were going at it hammer and tongs.
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They were going at it hammer and tongs, apparently, until a dog chucke d a bucket of water over them.
Blink and you might have missed something as both sides went at it hammer and tongs from the first minute to the last.
There's no other explanation for the way this movie was attacked hammer and tongs.
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Police finally arrested them after they kept going hammer and tongs in hospital at Salisbury, Wilts, where Tim's wounds were stitched.
Yet, if Bill Clinton resigned today, they would wait a few hours, mumble some rhetoric about the glory of the democratic process, and then go after Al Gore with the same hammer and tongs.
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He watched from a respectful distance as market leaders Hinterland and Peckhamecho went at it hammer and tongs for a mile and a half.
I don't want to hear them going at it hammer and tongs, so that was why I played my music to drown them out.
Start at a gentle pace, if you go at it hammer and tongs you'll soon see the alarm in his face.
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