Tooth And Nail Meaning
(idiomatic) Viciously; with all one's strength or power; without holding back.
Example: For a century, the two families fought tooth and nail over control of the land.
a. 1884, Charles Reade, 1887, Charles L. Reade, Compton Reade, Charles Reade, Dramatist, Novelist, Journalist: A Memoir Compiled Chiefly from His Literary Remains, Volume 2, page 229:
"I shall fight tooth and nail for international copyright and stage-right, [â€¦] ."
2007, Patrick Bentley, The Birth of a Song, page 76:
At that time, I was young in the Lord, stood firm on what I believed, and I fought tooth and nail for what I thought was right in my mind and with God.
2012 October 6, Education: Class Warfare, The Economist:
In a second term Mr Obamaâ€™s administration is likely to press ahead with its struggle to hold for-profit colleges more accountable for their results: something the industry is fighting tooth and claw.