fight tooth and claw

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fight (someone or something) tooth and claw

1. To physically fight or resist someone or something with great ferocity. A man jumped me in the dark alley, but I fought him tooth and claw and managed to drive him away. She fought the guards tooth and claw as they escorted her out of the building.
2. By extension, to resist, oppose, or stand up against someone or something with great intensity and tenacity. The senator vowed to fight the proposal tooth and claw. The government has fought us tooth and claw on this issue, but we finally managed to win in court.
See also: and, claw, fight, tooth

fight tooth and claw

To fight, battle, or compete with great ferocity, vigor, and intensity. I know my brother has fought tooth and claw 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 claw against any possible invaders.
See also: and, claw, fight, tooth
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