grind your teeth

grind (one's) teeth

To feel anger and repress it. Don't just sit there, grinding your teeth—if you're mad at me, let's talk about it.
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grind your teeth

If someone grinds their teeth, they are angry about something, but do not express their anger. We journalists, who once were just like him, grind our teeth as we contemplate his success. Note: You can also talk about grinding of teeth, teeth-grinding, and tooth-grinding. There has been much grinding of teeth about what is seen by the government as the harshness of the European Community's decisions. When you are a little boy of nine, your father can seem like a hero one minute, only to cause you tooth-grinding embarrassment the next.
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You have increasing pain in front of your ear when you chew and if you grind your teeth.
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But only masochists need bother trying to see a violent British crime movie which is so unpalatable - intentionally or otherwise - that you'll almost grind your teeth away in 91 minutes flat.
You grind your teeth during moments of anxiety, don't you, Mr Lockley?
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And since there is usually no real control over when the array begins rebuilding, you have no recourse except to grind your teeth, watch the rebuild and get ready for the phone calls.
Has anyone told you that you grind your teeth in your sleep?
If you habitually clench or grit or grind your teeth, you increase the wear on the cartilage lining of the joint.
See your dentist who can check your bite and fit you with a mouthguard to wear at night if you grind your teeth.
And if you grind your teeth at night, the Dentek Nightguard can be customised to fit at home and is a far cheaper way to protect your teeth than made-to-measure mouthguards.