To a fault and with a vengeance

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"To a fault" and "with a vengeance" are both explained as "to an extreme degree" in the dictionary. What are the differences beween them in terms of usage? Are they interchangeable in the following examples?

1) December has turned cold with a vengeance.
2) He is merciless to a fault.
  • Ponyprof

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    No they are not interchangeable.

    These are set idioms.

    When the words are used in other sentences the meaning are very different.
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