tooth and nail love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. With every available resource; with unrelenting effort: "Bureaucrats would correctly see this as a curb on their power and would fight tooth and nail against it” ( George R. Packard).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Viciously; with all one’s strength or power; without holding back.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. as if by biting and scratching; with one's utmost power; by all possible means.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with force and ferocity

Etymologies

From tooth + and + nail ("fingernail, claw"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Less natural was the tooth and nail opposition of Valerio, who declared that a constitution much exceeded the desires of the people, and that a petition for it would only frighten the king.

    Cavour

  • Jud Bates an 'that young marplot o' Thorme's wur feighten about Nib – at it tooth and nail – an 'th' lass sees 'em, an 'marches into the thick, an' sets 'em to reets.

    That Lass o' Lowrie's: A Lancashire Story

  • Being a MacLeod meant you learnt from the cradle to stand your ground and fight tooth and nail to defend your beliefs.

    Mistress For A Weekend

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