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it's all gone Pete Tong

slang Everything has gone wrong or awry. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "Pete Tong" rhymes with "wrong." (Pete Tong is a British DJ.) Primarily heard in UK. Now the caterer has pulled out as well? Cor, it's all gone Pete Tong, hasn't it?
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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]
See also: and, hammer, tongs
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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DJ Pete Tong performing at Singleton Park last night.
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Tong just sits waiting and listening in hopes that he'll calm down soon.
But, as someone who's done nearly all that can be done as a DJ, Tong has also seen fit to reach out into the film industry.
Before 2013, Tong thought she was just prepping for medical school.
Building on the insights from her own earlier article in this journal, "Wang Tong and the Compilation of the Zhongshuo: A New Evaluations of the Source Materials and Points of Controversy" (JAOS 121 [2001]: 370-90), Warner's focus is on rigorous assessment of all the historical evidence.
Franklin, WI, September 26, 2015 --( Although impressive in their play, Tong Zhang (2450 - MS College) and Antoine Bernadet (2351 - Quebec, Canada) both met early ends in the Open Singles event on the first main day of play at the 2015 Butterfly Badger Open.
"After cooking with a standard silicone tong with little control and having food slide out, I realized the need for a better duo purpose type design that can grip anything, yet be safe for all cooking surfaces," says Mike Staib, vice president for Ergo Chef.
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In order to keep abreast of the industry and maintain the high quality of their produce, Elveden approached Lincolnshire based engineering company Tong Peal to create a complete onion grading system, which was specifically designed to incorporate new and existing equipment with the aim of increasing throughput.
In our Autumn 2013 edition, Earth Island Journal reported that President Anote Tong of the Pacific island nation of Kiribati had failed to fulfill his promises to close the Phoenix Islands Protected Area to commercial fishing --despite having received a huge amount of international praise for his supposed environmental leadership.