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Tooth-and-nail

What Does "Tooth-and-nail" Mean?

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"Tooth-and-nail" is an English idiom. It means "with great determination, effort, and resistance; fiercely or vigorously."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "tooth-and-nail" used in a sentence:
  • They fought tooth-and-nail to protect their rights and secure a fair agreement.
  • She competed tooth-and-nail in the marathon, giving her best effort until the finish line.
  • In the face of adversity, they held onto their dreams tooth-and-nail, refusing to give up.
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What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Tooth-and-nail" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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