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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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be 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 at it hammer and tongs ever since.
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be at (someone) hammer and tongs

To confront someone aggressively. If the boss blames you for this printing mishap, he'll be at you hammer and tongs in no time.
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go at (someone) hammer and tongs

To confront someone aggressively. If the boss blames you for this printing mishap, he'll go at you hammer and tongs in no time.
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fight someone or something hammer and tongs

 and fight someone or something tooth and nail; go at it hammer and tongs; go at it tooth and nail
Fig. to fight against someone or something energetically and with great determination. They fought against the robber tooth and nail. The dogs were fighting each other hammer and tongs.
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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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go at it hammer and tongs

BRITISH, INFORMAL
1. If you go at it hammer and tongs, you do something with a lot of energy. `He loved gardening,' sniffed Mrs Gascoigne. `He went at it hammer and tongs as soon as he got back from work.' Note: You can use hammer and tongs in other structures with a similar meaning. She will go hammer and tongs to get what she wants. They'll come at us from all angles, hammer and tongs, but when we get the ball we'll go at them. It should be a good game.
2. If two people are going at it hammer and tongs, they are having a noisy argument. `They were going at it hammer and tongs.' — `What about?' — `I'm not sure, but they were arguing.' Note: You can also say that one person is going at the other hammer and tongs. Goodness knows how long she had been going hammer and tongs at the child like this. Note: The image here is of a blacksmith holding a piece of heated iron with a pair of tongs (= metal tool for holding hot objects), and striking the iron repeatedly with a hammer.
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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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be/go at somebody/something ˌhammer and ˈtongs

(informal) do something, especially argue or fight, with a lot of energy and noise: The boss went at me hammer and tongs. I’ve never seen him so angry.The couple in the flat upstairs are always at it hammer and tongs.This idiom refers to the loud noise made by a blacksmith at work when he is making horseshoes. He uses a pair of tongs to hold the hot iron and a hammer to beat the iron into the shape of the shoe.
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