hammer and tongs

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.


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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