give teeth to

give teeth to something

 and put teeth in(to) something
Fig. to make something powerful; to give something a real effect. The severe penalty really gives teeth to the law. Strong enforcement puts teeth in the regulation.
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The challenge to the OSCE is to continue to give teeth to the monitoring programs designed to expose and stamp out expressions of anti-Semitism; to coordinate such efforts with other organizations and agencies; and to share information and best practices to increase effectiveness," Bronfman said.
Brown said she hopes to pass "meaningful legislation" to give teeth to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission and to ensure the "timely release" of records under Oregon's Public Records Law.
To give teeth to the new legislation, the government is allocating about $600 million to enhance counterterrorism efforts.
The proposed Act seeks to give teeth to the intents of RKC by promoting the professionalism of customs administration even as it reduces the susceptibility of businesses and citizens to corrupt customs practices," the Batangas lawmaker added.
The warship has been deployed to Singapore and the surrounding region for the next eight months to give teeth to Washington's strategic "pivot" towards Asia.
To give teeth to the Code of Conduct, CREDAI has simultaneously launched a Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum where any member of the buying public can lodge a complaint against a CREDAI member.
It would give teeth to President Obama's statement that paying the country's debt is 'not a bargaining chip' despite congressional demands that debt be used as leverage to make cuts in Social Security and Medicare.
Recently Aquino approved a law the will give teeth to the country's preparations for the effects of climate change.
These cases give teeth to sanctions enforcement, send a strong message about the need for transparency in international banking, and ultimately contribute to the fight against money laundering and terror financing," he said.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said, "These cases give teeth to sanctions enforcement, send a strong message about the need for transparency in international banking and ultimately contribute to the fight against money laundering and terror financing.
A government minister comes to the Siambr the same day to answer the question, so urgent questions give teeth to the scrutiny role of individual backbench Members, keep business fresh and relevant, and signal to the Government that they will be held to account on issues that matter.
Hazare s main demand was that members of civil society should co-chair and sit on a committee drafting an ombudsman bill which would give teeth to anti-corruption laws, enabling the prosecution of public officials such as ministers, judges and civil servants.
This could be the tonic needed to give teeth to the agreement, as South Africa's stance had given its farmers leverage to negotiate with Zimbabwe on the protection and compensation of land confiscated from the union's members over the past decade.
Another said the Swedes, whose presidency ends at the turn of the year, would have to give teeth to the hedge fund watchdog in order for their suggestion to be credible.
Japan should also cooperate more closely with other countries when dealing with Myanmar, partly as a way to give teeth to U.