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armed to the teeth

Possessing many weapons. They thought the criminal only had a knife, but he was actually armed to the teeth. A lot of these preppers are armed to the teeth to protect their stockpiles of food.
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armed to the teeth

Fig. heavily armed with deadly weapons. The bank robber was armed to the teeth when he was caught. There are too many guns around. The entire country is armed to the teeth.
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armed to the teeth

having many and powerful weapons Some of these gangs are armed to the teeth.
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armed to the teeth

Overly well equipped or prepared, as in With her elaborate gown and makeup, she was armed to the teeth for her first New York appearance . The expression to the teeth meant "well equipped" in the 14th century, when knights often wore head-to-foot armor. The idiom, however, only gained currency in the mid-1800s, at first still applied to weapons or other military equipment. Today it is used still more figuratively.
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They were armed to the teeth with lance, sword, and mace, with square shields notched at the upper right-hand corner to serve as a spear-rest.
While incidents like these, arising out of drums and masquerades and parties at quadrille, were passing at the west end of the town, heavy stagecoaches and scarce heavier waggons were lumbering slowly towards the city, the coachmen, guard, and passengers, armed to the teeth, and the coach--a day or so perhaps behind its time, but that was nothing--despoiled by highwaymen; who made no scruple to attack, alone and single-handed, a whole caravan of goods and men, and sometimes shot a passenger or two, and were sometimes shot themselves, as the case might be.
Another rabble pressed close around our old friend, the valiant King of Thunes, armed to the teeth.
From fifty to sixty Musketeers, who appeared to replace one another in order always to present an imposing number, paraded constantly, armed to the teeth and ready for anything.
Late in the day three of Karain's chief men, dressed in their best and armed to the teeth, came off in a canoe, bringing a case of dollars.
The brute was twelve feet in height and armed to the teeth, but I believe that I could have accounted for the whole roomful in the terrific intensity of my rage.
I assure you that I am armed to the teeth, and I am perfectly prepared to use my weapons, knowing that the law will support me.
When the manager, escorted by the pilgrims, all of them armed to the teeth, had gone to the house, this chap came on board.
On the eve of the outbreak of the war there were six great powers in the world and a cluster of smaller ones, each armed to the teeth and straining every nerve to get ahead of the others in deadliness of equipment and military efficiency.
US Undersecretary of State John Bolton said the communist country is 'an evil regime that is armed to the teeth, including with weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles'.
We had a brand new officer out of the academy and a seasoned female sergeant take on this suspect armed to the teeth with automatic rifles and a semiautomatic handgun,'' he said.
Triumphant, a highly modified T-class submarine armed to the teeth with devastating torpedoes, blistering anti-aircraft and a powerful deck gun.
Armed to the teeth with an array of bonus features, including behindthe- scenes footage, this DVD release is a must-have purchase for all Bionicle boys and girls.
These guys are armed to the teeth with weapons that would make most armies in the world jealous.
Armed to the teeth, the peelers jumped out and took up the usual positions for the RUC traveling through one of the most Republican areas in Belfast.
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