give teeth to

give teeth to (something)

To make something stronger or more effective, especially a rule or piece of legislation. Senators are hoping to give teeth to the healthcare bill by attaching the threat of huge fines to insurance companies that don't comply. You'll never give teeth to the regulations if officers are not allowed to make arrests.
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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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that's the reason why we also want to give teeth to the task force, so we can go against offenders.
It is we who have to pressure our government to improve poor governance and give teeth to the laws related to child abuse and other crimes.
We are determined to give teeth to our city ordinances and ensure their effective enforcement.
Over the past year, an independent, United States-based task force sponsored by the J Paul Getty Trust with support from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has been exploring ways to give teeth to these commitments.
As we approach this year's Birmingham Heritage Week, it is timely for the council and the people of Birmingham to have a say in a review of how we manage conservation areas and give teeth to the local listing policy.
From among the present BJP legion, the man best suited to keep the Hindutva flag flying is none other than the Yogi who established his credentials by announcing as soon as he took over as the chief minister that his top-most priority is to give teeth to the 'good' vigilantes who protect the cow, beat the 'Romeos', and so on.
It begs to give teeth to the law through this bill so that violations will be minimized if not eliminated,' Zubiri 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.
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.