grind (one's) teeth

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grind (one's) teeth

To internalize one's anger without expressing it externally. The image is that of a person literally grinding their teeth together out of anger. 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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As it is, I'll simply make do with grinding my teeth in unbearable sorrow until they are stumps barely protruding above my bloodied gums.
I think Bob Paisley saw me grinding my teeth and never put me through it again
Q My girlfriend says I keep her awake by grinding my teeth at night.
This went on for some time until my dentist said it might be that I was grinding my teeth at night.
I'm always grinding my teeth, but that's just because of other people's worst habits
In 50 years of praying at the Mass, I have left many services grinding my teeth at those who worry out loud about how we're praying.
It probably came from grinding my teeth all the time and I wasn't aware of it,'' Coomer said.
And here I am, clenching, grinding my teeth, wondering how to save him from, how to hurt, how to savage, how to kill, the people who have called him a criminal.
I can, grinding my teeth, just about understand why those who live in the back of beyond might need them, if only to fling the odd sheep or cow in the rear.
Q GRINDING my teeth at night gives me a sore jaw the next day.