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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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Tong, who has over 30 years of experience in the travel industry, to the Tuniu family," said Mr.
If the inquiry found (Timothy) Tong Hin-ming is wrong, I have to admit it and take responsibility for it.
Twisted Tong, who appeared on the reality show in 2009, sent a barrage of sick tweets to the former Take That singer just days after his baby Poppy was stillborn.
By the end of the third quarter of 2013, Tong Yang said, two new factories in China producing OE (original equipment) auto parts will be inaugurated in Foshan (Guangdong Province) and Xiangyang (Hubei Province) to begin mass production to supply first-class automakers as FAW, Dongfeng-Nissan, GAIG etc.
Hong Kong-born Tong - who appeared on Big Brother in 2009 and was later accused of a sex assault - revealed on Twitter that he was launching diet pills and wanted to promote "managed anorexia'.
The CEO should not give Tong Tong special privileges as this would be unfair to the rest of the 64 workers who were retrenched too.
AS I READ the blurb about Calgary-born filmmaker Michael Dowse in the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival program guide for his sophomore feature, It's All Gone Pete Tong, I was surprised.
Tong, Department of Pathology, Room P-725, Block P, 7/F, Princess Margaret Hospital, Kowloon, Hong Kong; tax: +852-29903377; email: tommytong@yahoo.
Patent tong surveys provide data as per tong estimates of oysters by size class and shell by volume.
He made waves at concerts by donning drag (designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, no less) and professing love to his partner of 18 years, Daffy Tong (whom fans dubbed "Tong Tong").
In 1916 a young man named Wilson Tong enlisted in New Zealand.
As a dancer and waitress at the KlonDyke, she rubs shoulders uncomfortably with tong bigwigs and comes into contact with Blade, a cyborg assassin whose damaged brain makes him completely inhuman, according to everyone around him.
I salute you, Spike Milligan, and have a message from all your faithful listeners: Ying tong, ying tong, ying tong, ying tong, ying tong yiddle i po.
Researchers at the Tokyo Metropolitan Livestock Experiment Station said the attempted artificial insemination conducted Tuesday involved 40 eggs extracted from Tong Tong and sperm from Ling Ling, currently the only giant panda at the zoo.
As a Board member, Tong will serve as Chairman of the Audit Committee in addition to his other duties.