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 for With might and main
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Main \Main\, n. [AS. m[ae]gen strength, power, force; akin to
     OHG. magan, Icel. megin, and to E. may, v. [root]103. See
     May, v.]
     1. Strength; force; might; violent effort. [Obs., except in
        certain phrases.]
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              There were in this battle of most might and main.
                                                    --R. of Gl.
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              He 'gan advance,
              With huge force, and with importable main.
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     2. The chief or principal part; the main or most important
        thing. [Obs., except in special uses.]
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              Resolved to rest upon the title of Lancaster as the
              main, and to use the other two . . . but as
              supporters.                           --Bacon.
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     3. Specifically:
        (a) The great sea, as distinguished from an arm, bay,
            etc.; the high sea; the ocean. "Struggling in the
            main." --Dryden.
        (b) The continent, as distinguished from an island; the
            mainland. "Invaded the main of Spain." --Bacon.
        (c) principal duct or pipe, as distinguished from lesser
            ones; esp. (Engin.), a principal pipe leading to or
            from a reservoir; as, a fire main.
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     Forcing main, the delivery pipe of a pump.
     For the main, or In the main, for the most part; in the
        greatest part.
     With might and main, or With all one's might and main,
        with all one's strength; with violent effort.
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              With might and main they chased the murderous fox.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Might \Might\, n. [AS. meaht, miht, from the root of magan to be
     able, E. may; akin to D. magt, OS. maht, G. macht, Icel.
     m[=a]ttr, Goth. mahts. [root]103. See May, v.]
     Force or power of any kind, whether of body or mind; energy
     or intensity of purpose, feeling, or action; means or
     resources to effect an object; strength; force; power;
     ability; capacity.
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           What so strong,
           But wanting rest, will also want of might? --Spenser.
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           Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart,
           and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. --Deut.
                                                    vi. 5.
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     With might and main. See under 2d Main.
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