Them’s Fighting Words!

Q: Why did the dentist and the manicurist decide not to be friends?
A: Because they were always fighting tooth and nail!

Explanation: A dentist is a doctor that improves the health of your teeth.  A manicurist is a specialist who improves the health and appearance of your fingernails.

To “fight tooth and nail” is an idiom that means to fight hard with all of your resources to achieve a goal.  You might fight tooth and nail against an injustice.  A union might fight tooth and nail for its members.  Firefighters fight tooth and nail to put out a fire.

This joke is funny because it plays with the idiom, and the work that these two professions do: dentists work with teeth and manicurists work with nails.

Here is Foreigner singing about fighting tooth and nail.  Some of the lyrics are hard to understand so here they are.

About stfleming

Reader, writer, teacher, thinker and dreamer. Lector, escritor, profesor, pensador y soñador. I teach in Lima, Peru. Enseño en Lima, Peru.
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