tooth and nail


with all one's resources or energy; fiercely: We fought tooth and nail but lost.

Nearby words

  1. tooshie,
  2. toot,
  3. toot one's own horn,
  4. toot sweet,
  5. tooth,
  6. tooth ax,
  7. tooth bud,
  8. tooth chisel,
  9. tooth decay,
  10. tooth fairy

Origin of tooth and nail

First recorded in 1525–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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tooth and nail

To fight “tooth and nail” is to fight with the intensity and ferocity of a wild animal: “The resistance forces fought the invading troops tooth and nail.”

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