Wednesday, March 29, 2006
More on Tooth and Nail
V. Erasmus, Adagia I.iv.23: "Toto corpore, omnibus unguiculis," (With the whole body, with all one's nails) with citations like those in your blog for Cicero and Lucian.
In English, earlier than Ninian Winget example (1562), see Nicholas Udall, Terence Flowers, f.3.: "He doeth all thynges...with tothe and nayle, as moche as in him lyeth." (1533)