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hammer and tongs

with great vigor, determination, or vehemence:
When he starts a job he goes at it hammer and tongs.
Origin of hammer and tongs
First recorded in 1700-10
hard, energetically, fiercely, wholeheartedly. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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hammer and tongs

adverb phrase

Very violently; with full force: We went at each other hammer and tongs

[1708+; reflecting use of both the blacksmith's main tools]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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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 asgo at it hammer and tongs, this phrase alludes to the blacksmith's tools. [ c. 1700 ]
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