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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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tooth and nail, fight/with

Fight vigorously, with all one’s resources. The analogy to biting and scratching was drawn by the sixteenth century and has been used ever since for fierce contention or, by extension, effort. Dickens used it in David Copperfield (1850): “I go at it tooth and nail.”
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Embodying an era of the author's own life, during which he has labored as a pioneering lawyer who fought tooth and nail against the presidental war-mongering power that brought the Vietnam and Iraq wars, Misfits In America is a bold, involving portrait of society itself, and the failings it needs to overcome to move into a future that can in any way aspires to the noble ideals of its foundation.
They fought tooth and nail to get to Euro 2004 and have been fighting tooth and nail to get to European and World finals since their last appearance in a major finals, the World Cup in 1958.
Please remember this is the political party that gave us abortion upon demand, fought tooth and nail to prohibit any bans on partial-birth abortions, and at the same time has legalized in one state same-sex marriage.
Developer Nino Vendome--who has fought tooth and nail to push the project through--is determined to build the original project somewhere else on the west side of Manhattan, however.
Twenty years ago, in 1980-1981 as Minister of Justice in charge of the newly proposed Charter of Rights, he fought tooth and nail against endeavours to place protection of all human life into that Charter.
Mrs Stewart, aged 30, said: "He fought tooth and nail for life but it wasn't enough.