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armed to the teeth (=carrying a lot of weapons)
▪ Many of the gangs are armed to the teeth.
▪ The dog bared its teeth.
buck teeth
false teeth
false teeth/hair/eyelashes etc
lie through your teeth (=say something that is completely untrue)
▪ The dog sank its teeth into my arm.
set smile/teeth/jaw
▪ ‘Damn you,’ he said through set teeth.
a kick in the teeth
▪ That is why the settlement of 4.4 percent. is rightly described as a kick in the teeth.
by the skin of your teeth
▪ Jeff just got into college by the skin of his teeth.
▪ The business is surviving, but only by the skin of its teeth.
▪ The car broke down on the way to the airport and they just caught the plane by the skin of their teeth.
clean your teeth
▪ Always make sure you clean your teeth properly, using a small-headed brush and only a pea-sized blob of toothpaste.
▪ And evidence shows that women feel more inhibited by things like not having cleaned their teeth or feeling grubby.
▪ Back in the en suite bathroom, he briskly cleans his teeth and brushes his hair.
▪ For the first time in her adult life, Polly went to bed without bathing or cleaning her teeth.
▪ How often do you clean your teeth, Miss Harland?
▪ Only drink bottled water - check the seal hasn't been broken - and use it to clean your teeth.
▪ She looked like a virgin who cleaned her teeth after every meal and delighted to take great bites from rosy apples.
clench your fists/teeth/jaw etc
▪ He clenched his fists and remained where he was.
▪ He clenched his fists even tighter.
▪ He clenched his fists in frustration and annoyance.
▪ He clenched his teeth together but the first syllable forced itself around the corner of his mouth.
▪ He clenched his teeth, pulled back his shoulders and began to stride up the road.
▪ I clenched my teeth, wondering what to do now.
▪ Papa clenched his fists and lips in the dark wood.
cut your teeth (on sth)
▪ He cut his teeth at places like Claridges; the Carlton, Cannes.
▪ Sutton and Packford both cut their teeth on the old hot-metal newspaper production process.
▪ The entrepreneurial owner cut his teeth on a Schweizer 300 which he still owns.
get the bit between your teeth
get your teeth into sth
▪ But meanwhile, her new role as fashion supremo is something she can really get her teeth into.
▪ Once the gila monster gets its teeth into its prey it will not let go.
▪ That O'Neill man isn't going to let up now he's got his teeth into it.
▪ We were both the sort of people who just can't let go once they have got their teeth into something.
gnash your teeth
▪ An unlikely assassin was left-winger Jason Wilcox, a youth team star while Dalglish was still gnashing his teeth at Anfield.
▪ But he has spent three or four years out in the darkness, gnashing his teeth.
▪ Gacbler and his colleagues would often be stymied by some problem, gnashing their teeth and getting nowhere.
▪ He kept baring and gnashing his teeth. 21.
▪ He laid her on the kang, wailing and gnashing his teeth.
▪ Their heads thrash about on the bloodied floor, gnashing their teeth and foaming at the mouth.
▪ Then he threw up his hands and wailed and gnashed his teeth, for the world had already touched his father.
grind your teeth
▪ traffic problems that make us grind our teeth
▪ For a while a man ground his teeth horribly, only feet away.
▪ His jaw ached and he realised that he was grinding his teeth, so he released the muscles and tried to relax.
▪ I ground my teeth as I watched her crawl back into the machinery.
▪ It's my husband Deardrie - he keeps me awake at night, grinding his teeth!
▪ Mortally wounded, frothing at the mouth, grinding his teeth in pain, he chose the floor instead.
▪ She was grinding her teeth, until the taste of blood made her stop.
▪ Small Dave ground his teeth and spat into the daylight.
▪ Terry ground his teeth in consternation.
grit your teeth
▪ I guess I'll have to just grit my teeth and wait for things to get better.
▪ I was desperately unhappy in that job, but had to grit my teeth and stay smiling for the sake of my children.
▪ Rescue workers here have little choice but to grit their teeth and get on with the grim task of recovering the bodies.
▪ And a seizure makes you grit your teeth.
▪ He gritted his teeth against the demand of his lungs to burst.
▪ He gritted his teeth like a cliff.
▪ I gritted my teeth and went to work.
▪ Rory gritted his teeth, pulled.
▪ She continued to grit her teeth in silence.
▪ She would grit her teeth and take everything he threw at her - for the time being.
have teeth
▪ Critics of the law say it has no teeth and will not prevent violent crime.
▪ Because after the Anna Climbie case, the social services wanted to show it does have teeth.
▪ Frankly, I'd rather have teeth extracted than sit through either again.
▪ Is it only a paper tiger, or does it really have teeth?
▪ It is important that it should also have teeth.
▪ The episode illustrates beyond doubt that the majority voting rules of the Treaty of Rome have teeth.
▪ The movement will have teeth to back its arguments.
▪ What can have teeth, of course, even if it is concealed by a friendly smile, is aid.
in the teeth of sth
▪ In the teeth of enormous social sanctions, women are making their own sexual choices.
▪ The state is in the teeth of the worst snowstorm in a decade.
▪ For I will, if I have to - and marry you in the teeth of them all.
▪ He walked right in the road in the teeth of advancing traffic and almost got hit several times.
▪ I simply do not have the manpower to make arrests in the teeth of such concerted action.
▪ In many places it advanced in the teeth of opposition.
▪ It means blind trust, in the absence of evidence, even in the teeth of evidence.
▪ On stormy nights it had been exhilarating to fly in the teeth of the wind.
▪ Permission for the development was granted in the teeth of opposition from a vigorous local campaign.
▪ Science has to cling to the available evidence even in the teeth of seeming contradiction.
kick sb in the teeth
▪ Graham sitting there waiting for me to kick him in the teeth.
▪ I couldn't kick him in the teeth after three years of good work and live with myself.
▪ If he had come begging and pleading, I would have laughed at him and kicked him in the teeth.
kick sb's head/face/teeth in
▪ But they would kick your head in if you spilt their pint just the same.
▪ It goes with some people wanting to kick my head in.
▪ Lou and Van burst into tears and Hamburglar kicks their heads in.
▪ So they are all there, kicking our teeth in.
pick your teeth
▪ Hands to muzzle, he delicately picked his teeth.
▪ He began to pick his teeth with a toothpick.
▪ He was picking his teeth with a match while some one on the phone talked his ear off.
▪ The man sawed very quickly with one hand and picked his teeth with the other hand.
▪ There was a long pause while he picked his teeth and looked down into the seat of his chair.
▪ They were there at lunchtime and still there in the evening, just reading, picking their teeth, and watching.
▪ Well, pop a mint, our friends, head for the hills, and pick your teeth with a mesquite twig.
▪ Woolley picked his teeth with a matchstick.
sb would give their eye teeth for sth
set sb's teeth on edge
▪ His high-pitched squeaky voice set my teeth on edge.
▪ At other times their self-evident frustration sets your teeth on edge.
▪ He w as filing arrow heads, and the sound of the metal on the whetstone set Burun's teeth on edge.
▪ It was all done so genteelly that it set McAllister's teeth on edge.
▪ That set our teeth on edge and bring our goose pimples rising like porpoises after mackerel.
sth is like pulling teeth
▪ Getting the kids to do their homework was like pulling teeth.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Teeth \Teeth\, n., pl. of Tooth.


Teeth \Teeth\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Teethed; p. pr. & vb. n. Teething.] To breed, or grow, teeth.


Tooth \Tooth\ (t[=oo]th), n.; pl. Teeth (t[=e]th). [OE. toth,tooth, AS. t[=o][eth]; akin to OFries. t[=o]th, OS. & D. tand, OHG. zang, zan, G. zahn, Icel. t["o]nn, Sw. & Dan. tand, Goth. tumpus, Lith. dantis, W. dant, L. dens, dentis, Gr. 'odoy`s, 'odo`ntos, Skr. danta; probably originally the p. pr. of the verb to eat. [root]239. Cf. Eat, Dandelion, Dent the tooth of a wheel, Dental, Dentist, Indent, Tine of a fork, Tusk. ]

  1. (Anat.) One of the hard, bony appendages which are borne on the jaws, or on other bones in the walls of the mouth or pharynx of most vertebrates, and which usually aid in the prehension and mastication of food.

    Note: The hard parts of teeth are principally made up of dentine, or ivory, and a very hard substance called enamel. These are variously combined in different animals. Each tooth consist of three parts, a crown, or body, projecting above the gum, one or more fangs imbedded in the jaw, and the neck, or intermediate part. In some animals one or more of the teeth are modified into tusks which project from the mouth, as in both sexes of the elephant and of the walrus, and in the male narwhal. In adult man there are thirty-two teeth, composed largely of dentine, but the crowns are covered with enamel, and the fangs with a layer of bone called cementum. Of the eight teeth on each half of each jaw, the two in front are incisors, then come one canine, cuspid, or dog tooth, two bicuspids, or false molars, and three molars, or grinding teeth. The milk, or temporary, teeth are only twenty in number, there being two incisors, one canine, and two molars on each half of each jaw. The last molars, or wisdom teeth, usually appear long after the others, and occasionally do not appear above the jaw at all.

    How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child!

  2. Fig.: Taste; palate.

    These are not dishes for thy dainty tooth.

  3. Any projection corresponding to the tooth of an animal, in shape, position, or office; as, the teeth, or cogs, of a cogwheel; a tooth, prong, or tine, of a fork; a tooth, or the teeth, of a rake, a saw, a file, a card.

    1. A projecting member resembling a tenon, but fitting into a mortise that is only sunk, not pierced through.

    2. One of several steps, or offsets, in a tusk. See Tusk.

  4. (Nat. Hist.) An angular or prominence on any edge; as, a tooth on the scale of a fish, or on a leaf of a plant; specifically (Bot.), one of the appendages at the mouth of the capsule of a moss. See Peristome.

  5. (Zo["o]l.) Any hard calcareous or chitinous organ found in the mouth of various invertebrates and used in feeding or procuring food; as, the teeth of a mollusk or a starfish. In spite of the teeth, in defiance of opposition; in opposition to every effort. In the teeth, directly; in direct opposition; in front. ``Nor strive with all the tempest in my teeth.'' --Pope. To cast in the teeth, to report reproachfully; to taunt or insult one with. Tooth and nail, as if by biting and scratching; with one's utmost power; by all possible means. --L'Estrange. ``I shall fight tooth and nail for international copyright.'' --Charles Reade. Tooth coralline (Zo["o]l.), any sertularian hydroid. Tooth edge, the sensation excited in the teeth by grating sounds, and by the touch of certain substances, as keen acids. Tooth key, an instrument used to extract teeth by a motion resembling that of turning a key. Tooth net, a large fishing net anchored. [Scot.] --Jamieson. Tooth ornament. (Arch.) Same as Dogtooth, n., 2. Tooth powder, a powder for cleaning the teeth; a dentifrice. Tooth rash. (Med.) See Red-gum,

    1. To show the teeth, to threaten. ``When the Law shows her teeth, but dares not bite.''

      To the teeth, in open opposition; directly to one's face. ``That I shall live, and tell him to his teeth .''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

plural of tooth (n.). In reference to laws, contracts, etc., "power of enforcement," from 1925. To be armed to the teeth is from late 14c.


n. 1 (tooth English) 2 (context plural only English) The ability to be enforced, or to be enforced to any useful effect.


n. the kind and number and arrangement of teeth (collectively) in a person or animal [syn: dentition]

  1. n. hard bonelike structures in the jaws of vertebrates; used for biting and chewing or for attack and defense

  2. something resembling the tooth of an animal

  3. toothlike structure in invertebrates found in the mouth or alimentary canal or on a shell

  4. a means of enforcement; "the treaty had no teeth in it"

  5. one of a number of uniform projections on a gear

  6. [also: teeth (pl)]


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Teeth (band)

Teeth is a Filipino rock band formed in 1993. The band was composed of Glenn Jacinto on vocals, Dok Sergio (formerly on bass) and Jerome Velasco on guitars, Pedz Narvaja on bass and Mike Dizon on drums. Their music style is a mix of Alternative rock and grunge. The band well known for the hits like "Laklak" and "Prinsesa".

Teeth (film)

Teeth is a 2007 black comedy horror film written and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein. The movie stars Jess Weixler and was produced by Lichtenstein on a budget of US$2 million. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2007, and was distributed by Roadside Attractions for a limited release in the United States.

Despite being positively received by critics, the film had an international box office gross of $2,340,110, barely earning back its budget. At Sundance, Weixler received the Grand Jury Prize for Acting.

Teeth (song)

"Teeth" is a song recorded by American singer Lady Gaga. The track appears on The Fame Monster (2009), her second major release and her third extended play. The song was written by Gaga, Taja Riley, Pete Wyoming Bender, and Teddy Riley, and produced by Gaga and Teddy Riley. It has an oral theme and has been called a "perverse" march and an ode to sadomasochism. "Teeth" peaked at number 107 on the UK Singles Chart and received a mixed reception from critics. Gaga performed the song during The Monster Ball Tour. In 2013, Riley sued Gaga for and punitive damages over the songwriting credits, saying he was not given 25 percent of royalties as he had been promised.

Teeth (electronic band)

Teeth (also known as TEETH!!!, T3eth, and T∑∑TH) is an electronic pop punk band formed in 2008 by Veronica So (vocals), Simon Leahy (production), and Simon Whybray (drums) in Dalston, UK. The band gained notoriety online from a series of internet pranks including hacking Lady Gaga’s Twitter account and impersonating Pope Benedict XVI. Teeth’s debut album Whatever was released in September of 2011 on Moshi Moshi Records.

Usage examples of "teeth".

No-one takes you sheriously when you’ve got no teeths, they shay “Shit down by the fire, grandad, and have shome shoo—“ Cohen looked sharply at Rincewind.