gnashing of teeth

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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gnashing of teeth

  (humorous)
angry complaining There was much gnashing of teeth over his omission from the England squad.
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References in classic literature ?
Nevertheless, he began to grow impatient with Coppenole's behavior, and suddenly turned towards him with so formidable a gnashing of teeth, that the Flemish giant recoiled, like a bull-dog before a cat.
Instantly there was wailing and gnashing of teeth in the camp.
So we all rode down to Magdala, while the gnashing of teeth waxed and waned by turns, and harsh words troubled the holy calm of Galilee.
They danced to the popular Revolution song, keeping a ferocious time that was like a gnashing of teeth in unison.
Oh, there had been wailing and gnashing of teeth, indeed
I have not studied de Barral but that is how I understand him so far as he could be understood through the din of the crash; the wailing and gnashing of teeth, the newspaper contents bills, "The Thrift Frauds.
You have enough heart to have heard the sound of weeping and gnashing of teeth this man raised in the land.
But amongst men of his own stature, or nearly, this frank use of his ad vantages, in such matters as the awful towage bills for instance, caused much impotent gnashing of teeth.
only adding to the gnashing of teeth upstairs among the bean counters.
1 MANAGER Les Parry insists results do not figure high on his pre-season priorities, so there was no gnashing of teeth at Bastion Gardens after Tranmere contrived to lose to Welsh Premier League hosts Prestatyn Town.
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.
But all this wailing and gnashing of teeth - that's the country yesterday, not Saturday's acts - about another last-place UK finish ignores one thing: sending a black artist (Andy Abraham) to perform in Eastern Europe was like sending Gary Neville to sing on the Kop.
Despite much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Lanarkshire we'll battle on manfully with Mark McGhee at the helm as we look to secure third spot in the SPL.
Had we craved one and been served a substantial slab of undoubtedly tasty and chewy but cold oatcake instead, we (or certainly the kids in tow) would have set up the most mighty wailing and gnashing of teeth.
There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth this week about the way elderly people, particularly the sick, are treated in this country.