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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As an example of good science-and-society policymaking, the history of fluoride may be more of a cautionary tale.
Before anti-vaxxers, there were anti-fluoriders: a group who spread fear about the anti-tooth decay agent added to drinking water.
As a means of preventing tooth decay in those cities that do fluoridate, the practice certainly looks like a success.
As this list shows, punishments typically run to a short-ish jail sentence and/or a moderately hefty fine.
Gay marriage was the hot-button fight on the left and right.
It was more like the boarding of a ship than any land fight I had ever seen or imagined.
She also practises etching, pen-and-ink drawing, as well as crayon and water-color sketching.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
The fight lasted two days, and only two men out of the five hundred escaped with their lives.
No law of that country must exceed in words the number of letters in their alphabet, which consists only in two-and-twenty.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
But they soon fell out, for Murat had the audacity to try and make these patriots fight instead of merely seeking plunder.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison