gnash (one's) teeth

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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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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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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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References in classic literature ?
But, once down, he would writhe on the deck, gnashing his teeth in impotent rage - which was pretty horrible to behold.
He faced us, drawing back his lips and gnashing his teeth, and did not shrink an inch before the sweep of Dominic's arm.
They halted and urged him to move faster, but he entreated them not to approach him, and, leaping from his horse, began to roll frantically on the earth, gnashing his teeth and foaming at the mouth.
But while Edie has the wind taken out of her sails and Wayne is left gnashing his teeth, there's no reason to suppose that we're entering a new era of openness.
The problem is of course the going, with Aidan weeping and wailing and gnashing his teeth as the heavens opened over the New Jersey track.
Reports that he was gnashing his teeth while saying it were unconfirmed
MacIvor was gnashing his teeth about the audience reaction to his play, Never Swim Alone (the same play that Lynd saw).
He was probably just gnashing his teeth after thinking how much Bruce had made out of the humble hamburger.
If Jamie's dad Trevor is secretly gnashing his teeth at the thought of another gastropub opening up in competition just down the road, he certainly doesn't show it.