hammer and tongs
with great energy and noise
The image here is of a blacksmith striking the hot iron removed from the forge with a pair of tongs.
1996 - Emma Lathen - Brewing Up a Storm - The big fight she had with Sean Cushing. They were going at it hammer and tongs.
RELATED IDIOMS :
come under the hammer = go under the hammer
be sold at an auction
hammer something home
make something clearly and fully understood by the use of repeated or forcefully direct arguments
The verbs hammer, press and ram are also used in place of drive.
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