bare (one's) teeth

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bare (one's) teeth

To display an angry, violent, and/or threatening reaction to or against something or someone, as does a dog or wolf when threatened. I will bare my teeth to anyone who tries to take away my land. We seemed to be getting along just fine, but she suddenly bared her teeth when I brought up religion.
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With a 3-3 record for the season the Lions - backed as a dark horse by Flournoy before the start of the season - are yet to bear their teeth but Wilson is adamant that the Eagles won't be taking their challenge lightly.
And Carragher is acutely aware that, after recording a disappointing seventh-placed finish under Rafael Benitez this season, the critics who love nothing better than taking a bite out of Liverpool are starting to bear their teeth.
SIXTEEN wins, two draws and not a single defeat against bottomhalf sides demonstrates that Chelsea bear their teeth best against the top flight's strugglers.
And Pardew knows that his United side will have to bear their teeth to come away with anything from the second city.
Admittedly it isn't quite the Pyrenees, which comes on Sunday, but today's journey through the Massif Central will still force the overall contenders to bear their teeth with a mountain-top finish in Super Besse sure to expose any early weaknesses.