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hammer and tongs

Definition of hammer and tongs in English:

informal Energetically, enthusiastically, or with great vehemence: all the way to the bottom, Larry could hear them clanging away, hammer and tongs
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  • It went into extra-time, you had two world-class teams going at it hammer and tongs.
  • We expected Clare to come at us hammer and tongs, but it wasn't until we began to create space for ourselves up front in the closing quarter that the tide turned in our favour.
  • Poor old Gordon has to sleep on the other side of the house, while Cherie's going at it hammer and tongs, screaming like a banshee.
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