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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 ?
Now I seemed to see that warrior whom my hand had sent to his last account charging at me on the mountain-top; now I was once more in that glorious ring of Greys, which made its immortal stand against all Twala's regiments upon the little mound; and now again I saw Twala's plumed and gory head roll past my feet with gnashing teeth and glaring eye.
And like a true politician he had the tenacity of a Bull Mastiff protecting a 3 week old "maturing" chicken carcass--the growling jowls, gnashing teeth, and squinty eyes--definitely 'Mastifflike'.
But gnashing teeth about America's Greek future has had little impact on public policy; Detroit's bankruptcy -- the canary in the progressive coalmine -- is likely to have some impact.
Yet when the Prime Minister entered the "death of the beautiful game (part 2,357)" debate, we were back in territory as offensive as the Uruguayan's gnashing teeth.
Or be alone weeping and gnashing teeth in the world full of lies distorting the truth, of falsehood and of evil things?
mouth parched by alcohol and others' mucosae--irate--drenched with wine and pizzas and tomato sauce and saliva and lips and cracking tongues and gnashing teeth .
Boffins writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Head and Face Medicine studied the causes of 'sleep bruxism', gnashing teeth during the night, finding that it was especially common in those who try to cope with stress by escaping from difficult situations.
So the prevailing noise in Delhi is the sound of gnashing teeth.
There's time yet for some mechanical gnashing teeth and all sorts of other madness and mayhem amid the resumption of this most respectful of tributes to a great film-maker.
So if you see two wee boys out this year with long wild hair, a deathly pallor, a deranged grimace and gnashing teeth, don't be scared because they're just impersonating a mummy - the one who'll be 10 feet behind them providing the necessary back-up to ensure that her children have a fruitful time.
However quite a few Welsh Labour MPs would be with him all the way, judging by the sound of gnashing teeth emanating from that dusty gentlemen's club by the Thames.
If anyone can prove Jesus was married, there's no call for gnashing teeth and rending garments.
The RAC Foundation is urging motorists to do stretches and shoulder shakes at traffic lights today rather than gnashing teeth.
There is no need to start gnashing teeth because we've taken one point from six - the application is good and the atmosphere in the dressing room is all right.
More afternoons like this and Wolves won't be gnashing teeth and biting fingernails about whether they will actually reach the annual end-of-season lottery.