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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UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin will fight tooth and nail to restore competitive balance to European club football, he told the European football ruling body's annual congress .
08 (ANI): Stating that it is confident of victory, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday asserted that it will fight tooth and nail in the upcoming Assembly poll under the aegis of the Election Commission of India.
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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.
DA of Sparkhill was right - women did fight tooth and nail for the well-being of their children.
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.
But after exiting the Carnegie Challenge Cup and fighting with Widnes for the wooden spoon, Hughes has ordered a review of the club and Powell will have to fight tooth and nail, starting this Sunday, to keep his job.
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".
Entrenched beneficiaries of the three-tier system will fight tooth and nail to preserve the status quo.
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.