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gnashing of teeth

A very vocal display of anger, irritation, contempt, or complaint. After the initial gnashing of teeth, most people just came to accept the new policy. There was much gnashing of teeth over the decision to replace the show's star with another actor.
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gnash (one's) teeth

To lash out in anger. The boss will definitely start gnashing his teeth once he hears about this printing mishap.
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gnash one's teeth

Fig. to grind or bite noisily with one's teeth. Bill clenched his fists and gnashed his teeth in anger. The wolf gnashed its teeth and chased after the deer.
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gnashing of teeth

Fig. a show of anger or dismay. (Biblical: "weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth.") After a little gnashing of teeth and a few threats, the boss calmed down and became almost reasonable.
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gnash one's teeth

Express a strong emotion, usually rage, as in When Jonah found out he was not going to be promoted, he gnashed his teeth. This expression is actually redundant, since gnash means "to strike the teeth together." Edmund Spenser used it in The Faerie Queene (1590): "And both did gnash their teeth." [Late 1500s]
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gnashing of teeth

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wailing and gnashing of teeth

People say that there is gnashing of teeth or wailing and gnashing of teeth when people become very worried or upset by something that has happened. In the City, the government's proposal is causing much gnashing of teeth. Despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth from Social Democratic left-wingers, this does look like a first step in the right direction. Note: You can also say weeping and gnashing of teeth. There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth when the Office for National Statistics counted a million fewer people than expected. Note: This expression is often used disapprovingly to show that you think people's reactions are too strong. Note: The phrases `weeping and gnashing of teeth' and `wailing and gnashing of teeth' both appear several times in the Bible in descriptions of the people who are sent to hell.
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gnash your teeth

COMMON If someone gnashes their teeth, they show their anger or annoyance about something. If Blythe heard that piece on the radio, I bet he was gnashing his teeth. He naturally gnashes his teeth over the growing number of lawsuits that have made doing business in America increasingly expensive and difficult.
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gnash your teeth

feel or express anger or fury.
The gnashing of teeth, along with weeping or wailing, is used throughout the Bible to express a mixture of remorse and rage (for example, in Matthew 8:12: ‘But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth’).
1998 Times Prepare yourself for the usual wailing and gnashing of teeth after tomorrow's retail price index figures.
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gnash your ˈteeth

feel very angry and upset about something, especially because you cannot get what you want: He’ll be gnashing his teeth when he hears that we lost the contract.
The basic meaning of gnash your teeth is to bite or grind them together.
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Along with the gnashing of teeth and dry, hard humour there are a few drops of humanity distilled along the way.
Other pet hates were the person sitting behind you who puts their feet on your hair, and those film fans who eat and drink loudly, rustling wrappers, scooping popcorn from giant buckets and gnashing their teeth.
In January 1998, when I was in my late 50s, I did the White Water Rafting down the Zambezi, one of the rapids being Gnashing Jaws of Death.
Can we drop this wailing and gnashing of teeth and look forward for a change?
When Bethlehem Town Council debated the decree, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth, as well as quite a bit of foot stamping.
LED by acolytes on Twitter, there was much wailing and gnashing of London teeth at the news that the BBC had decided to can Danny Baker's London radio show.
LOTS of wailing and gnashing of teeth last week as the UK Government announced it was going ahead with a high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham, together with a pounds 500m tunnel to save Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan's job (because she's worth it).
SO, AFTER all the wailing and gnashing of teeth, we now know that the experts were right when they decided to ground flights following the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano.
ADRIAN CHILES' departure from BBC has been greeted with so much wailing and gnashing of teeth, you'd think Gordon Brown had been ejected from Number 10.
This week we hear, "As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matthew 25:30).
HAVING lived through six years of war, including air raids, bombing, gas masks, flying bombs, blackouts, food and fuel rationing, queuing, electricity cuts, dig for victory and make-do-and-mend government schemes, I cannot understand the current whingeing, wailing and gnashing of teeth over a few months or even a year or two of economic pressures.
It would not be surprising that a great calamity is truly imminent with much wailing and gnashing of teeth not unlike the exodus out of Egypt into the land of milk and honey.
All that roaring and gnashing of teeth and snorting fire.
Casey and Santorum, in their long march away from libertarian positions, have started the teeth of their party's faithful gnashing.
There are other small nuggets in this cart-load of dross from The Independent Institute, but finding them involves the reader in an uncongenial exposure to rampant libertarians weeping, wailing and gnashing their teeth.