fight tooth and nail

fight tooth and nail

To fight, battle, or compete with great ferocity, vigor, and intensity. I know my brother has fought tooth and nail to be re-elected, so his victory tonight is certainly well earned. These elite troops have been selected by the royal palace to fight tooth and nail against any possible invaders.
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fight tooth and nail

Engage in vigorous combat or make a strenuous effort, using all one's resources. For example, I'm going to fight tooth and nail for that promotion. This expression, with its allusion to biting and scratching, was first recorded in 1576.
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fight tooth and nail

If you fight tooth and nail for something, you fight as hard as you can to get it or achieve it. The independent regions are fighting tooth and nail to keep their special status. Note: You can also say that you fight tooth and claw to achieve something. Environmental groups are fighting tooth and claw to protect these forests. Note: Other verbs such as battle or resist can be used instead of fight. There are 12 League games left. We must battle tooth and nail for every one of them. Note: If you fight something tooth and nail or tooth and claw, you fight as hard as you can to stop it. Opponents of the law vowed to fight it tooth and nail. As a member of the council I fought the proposal tooth and claw.
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fight tooth and nail

fight very fiercely.
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fight ˌtooth and ˈnail (for somebody/something/to do something)

fight in a very determined way for what you want: We fought the government tooth and nail to prevent the new road being built.She’s prepared to fight tooth and nail to get the job.
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He is due to say: "I will fight tooth and nail and then some more so that Britain is renewed and reconstructed around our shared beliefs in liberty, tolerance, social responsibility and fairness.
Unison will fight tooth and nail against these plans and we believe the people of Calderdale, when they know what is being done in their name, will give us their full support.
DA of Sparkhill was right - women did fight tooth and nail for the well-being of their children.
BROKEN PROMISES I cannot subscribe any more To this futility known as war No long-term benefits And nothing so befits The death and destruction wrought to my door Political leaders fight tooth and nail for their job Which usually turns out to be corn on the cob They blame all except themselves Myth, legend and the under twelves The buck they pass so fast in one they rob Please don't ask me for a contribution I can see through your elocution And your well rehearsed lies But I can't see the flies Through their footprint is on your constitution Love is like a warm spring day Promises, promises up and away But, of course, the recent stamp Has made spring-time rather damp Overcast with outlook so leaden grey Jock Brownlee Wood End Coventry
Clinton got along well with Obama, but on Afghanistan and Pakistan the State Department had to fight tooth and nail just to have a hearing at the White House," he said.
Not only will I lose my position within the community but I also stand to lose my home and so I will fight tooth and nail.
The MLS, though, will fight tooth and nail to keep their figurehead at Galaxy.
If they find the job so strenuous and yet fight tooth and nail to retain their seat, is it because they'd like the public to believe that their sole purpose for being an MP is to serve us.
FORMER National Trainers' Federation president Chris Wall has vowed his colleagues will fight tooth and nail to retain the right to withdraw horses with selfcertificates, but admitted that "trainers being trainers, some have used the system to their own advantage".
The 24-year-old local player has had to fight tooth and nail to convince Tony Pulis he deserves an extended run in the side after playing second fiddle for several seasons.
The next time you want to fight tooth and nail with someone, spare a thought for your molars.
Maloney said: "James had to fight tooth and nail for everything he achieved in life and then he dedicated himself to encouraging young kids to do the same.
That would put an end to people having to fight tooth and nail to get back cash they should never have been charged in the first place.
Vale of Glamorgan MP John Smith, who is backing the residents' campaign, said: 'I will fight tooth and nail any plan to build a store on Brynhill golf course.
I'd fight tooth and nail to protect our high academic standards and to ensure sound science is protected in our classrooms.