go at it hammer and tongs

fight someone or something hammer and tongs & fightsomeone or something tooth and nail & go at it hammer and tongs & go at it tooth and nail
Fig. to fight against someone or something energetically and with great determination. •

They fought against the robber tooth and nail.

The dogs were fighting each other hammer and tongs.

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{v. phr.}, {informal} 1. To attack or fight with great strength or energy; have a bad argument. * /Bill slapped George's face and now they're going at it hammer and tongs in back of the house./ * /Helen and Mary have been arguing all day, and now they are going at it hammer and tongs again./ 2. To start or do something with much strength, energy, or enthusiasm. * /The farmer had to chop down a tree and he went at it hammer and tongs./ * /Charles had a lot of homework to do and he went at it hammer and tongs till bedtime./ Compare: IN EARNEST, WITH MIGHT AND MAIN.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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