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fight tooth and nail

fight tooth and nail

Date: Jan 08 2015

Themes: Music, Pop Culture, Work

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“One of the first deals I signed, the guy wanted my name to be Minaj. I fought him tooth and nail, but he convinced me.”

Rapper Nicki Minaj, talking about changing her name when she became famous (BrainyQuote)

Definition

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fight as hard as one can to get what one wants

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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You’re in a store, and you hear crying. You turn a corner and see a child screaming for a toy or some candy. Maybe he’s lying on the floor, kicking his legs. His face might be red and wet with tears. His parents are probably wishing they hadn’t come to the store, but everyone seeing the child understands what’s happening. They understand because we’ve all fought tooth and nail for something that we really wanted.

It’s true that maybe you didn’t cry and scream for things when you were little like the rest of us, but you have probably worked your hardest to get something else. Students will fight tooth and nail to go to the best universities. People often fight tooth and nail to get a new and better job. Brothers and sisters will even fight tooth and nail to get the best seat in the family car. We fight tooth and nail when something is important to us.

American rapper Nicki Minaj did not want to change her name to Minaj. She fought tooth and nail to keep her real last name, Maraj. Finally, she decided that it would be OK to change it, but not until she had said everything she needed to say on the subject.

What will you fight tooth and nail for?

Examples

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“After fighting her parents tooth and nail, they finally agreed to let Lola go to Europe.”

“To get what you want, you sometimes have to fight tooth and nail.”

“I fought tooth and nail to see the new George Clooney movie, but it wasn’t all that great.”

Winners

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aijaciba I put a big effort in this process.
by aijaciba
Manu4 To fight really hard for something
by Manu4

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ayezbene

ayezbene

Turkey

maybe we must to flight tooth and fail for a better world which people live in.

08:42 AM Oct 29 2016 |

Paniernai

Åland Islands

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02:46 AM Oct 29 2016 |

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ar2011

ar2011

Brazil

I need to fight tooth and nail to improve my English!

02:45 PM Jan 11 2015 |

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albasel1975

Egypt

When I was young, I had a cute cat…It was really naughty cat and it used to do many things that teased my Mom.. my mother tried her best to get rid of it. I fought tooth and nail to keep it at home.

10:14 AM Jan 11 2015 |

BillieJean2

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

P.s i dont like minaj and sisy is always listening to her songs not using handsfree….


Sorry dear sisy  if you dont like my cactuses…


i love you but tit for tat

09:07 AM Jan 09 2015 |

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BillieJean2

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Useless stuff like new t-shirts and gloves and fancy hats and jeans…


But im totally OK with the huge money i spend on my cactuses i dont regret that…they worth it and i love them and i would spend even more to have more green plants in house


I will fight tooth and nail to keep them in the house no matter how much my sis want them out(^^)

08:50 AM Jan 09 2015 |

BillieJean2

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Dear ola33 i agree with you but there is some thing i should say:


Im fighting tooth and nail trying not to spend the money i earned in the hard hard way so easily….i spend too much money on useless things(><)

08:44 AM Jan 09 2015 |

S&W

S&W

China

I fight my tooth and nail to pass the accounting exam which is my goal in this new year.

07:03 AM Jan 09 2015 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

I fight my tooth and nail to make money. At least I’m honest;)

03:49 PM Jan 08 2015 |

dawod

dawod

Afghanistan

Every day i fight tooth and nail work  hard

12:04 PM Jan 08 2015 |

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I am jobless and  i am fighting tooth and nail to get one.

10:03 AM Jan 08 2015 |

lostpoem

lostpoem

Turkey

#  Stop looking at what you don’t have, and start being thankful for what you do have.


for being thankful,you have to fight tooth and nail .



# lost poet

10:03 AM Jan 08 2015 |

ScienceBoy

ScienceBoy

Turkey

tahajunaid, you are at the right place then :)

07:09 AM Jan 08 2015 |

tahajunaid

Pakistan

i am fighting tooth and nail to make some friende to talk me


06:55 AM Jan 08 2015 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

For sure ,as anybody, i have  had dreams , and now that I am looking back   into the past if some of them  didn`t  materialize  it was entirely    my blame  as i didn`t fight tooth and nail to accomplish them. 

05:54 AM Jan 08 2015 |

whipiry

whipiry

South Korea

I fought tooth and nail for the degree in the university. People can try as much as they can to fight tooth and nail for somethig. i know what mind of them.


05:48 AM Jan 08 2015 |

BillieJean2

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

For sure its my job i fought tooth and nail for….....


And i will do the same to keep it


Because its so hard to get a good job

01:18 AM Jan 08 2015 |

ScienceBoy

ScienceBoy

Turkey

I fought tooth and nail to have this job. I am a science teacher and it’s not soo easy to be a teacher in public schools. You have to take an exam called KPSS and it’s difficult especially for some particular subjects and science is one of them. Most of my friends from uni had to take this exam at least 4 or 5 times to pass and I passed at the first time but I literally fought tooth and nail. I studied 14 hours in a day :) 

01:10 AM Jan 08 2015 |

Ya Nina

Kazakhstan

I suppose that to fight tooth and nail in the some situations can be right way. But I’m sure that there’re many situations when we need to control ourselves, remember about compromiss and don’t lose our validity to fight tooth and nail. On the other side, I consider that persistence and insistence are the very important qualities of character and there’re many cases in our lives when we must be more sticker and fight tooth and nail to turn your fate to happy and success way.

11:52 PM Jan 07 2015 |

Mahtab.bp

Mahtab.bp

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I never fought tooth and nail for anything in my childhood!


Maybe it’s the reason I dont still do that  now!


I usually wait till good things happen if not I will not insist!


But I wanna try this time for something special! ;-)

10:18 PM Jan 07 2015 |

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