Vigorously pursuing an activity, especially a fight, but also sex or some other activity. For example, Whenever they play bridge they really go at it (fight), or The new job keeps Tom at it day and night (works hard), or In the spring the dogs are always at it (sex). Shakespeare used this seemingly modern idiom for “fighting” in Troilus and Cressida (5:3): “They are at it, hark!” [Late 1500s]
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Tressan was monstrous ill-at-ease, and his face lost a good deal of its habitual plethora of colour.
A fellow rudely clad—a hybrid between man-at-arms and lackey—lounged on a musket to confront them in the gateway.
And the Seneschal, moved by that confident promise of evil, threw himself before the men-at-arms.
On the first day, a thousand English archers, supported by men-at-arms, attempted to draw the Scots.King Robert the Bruce|A. F. Murison
Belhaven made his escape to his own country, and was there beyond the reach of the Serjeant-at-Arms.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay