Recent examples on the web for instance carbon neutrality will require a great deal of the oil industry which fought brown tooth and nail for years and of the nimbys that helped defeat sb827 the urban density bill david roberts vox california gov jerry brown casually drops historys most ambitious climate target 11 sep 2018 its success reiterates the activist belief that if . Fight tooth and nail to fight battle or compete with great ferocity vigor and intensity i know my brother has fought tooth and nail to be re elected so his victory tonight is certainly well earned these elite troops have been selected by the royal palace to fight tooth and nail against any possible invaders see also and fight nail tooth . The original form when referring to a no holds barred fight was with tooth and nail and it was used that way in the earliest example that is known in print sir thomas mores in a dialogue of comfort and tribulation circa 1535 they would fayne kepe them as long as euer they mighte euen with tooth and nayle
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