put some teeth into

put some teeth into something

Fig. to increase the power or efficacy of something. The mayor tried to put some teeth into the new law. The delivery clause in the contract is too weak. Put some teeth into it.
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The Eugene City Council voted Monday to put some teeth into previously approved goals to reduce the city's fossil fuel use and carbon emissions.
The move finally put some teeth into EU opposition to settlements built on territory Israel seized in a 1967 war and which are now home to more than 500,000 Israelis.
wanted denuclearization, adding, "If that's your policy, you've got to put some teeth into it.
Under the federal WARN Act, those companies that employ more than 100 people are required to issue a warning before instituting a layoff, but two years ago the state Legislature passed a law lowering the threshold to 75 workers, as well as attempting to put some teeth into the law.
California has put some teeth into existing rules that require owners of real property to proactively evaluate every transaction involving entities owning real estate in California to determine whether a notice need be filed with the California Board of Equalization.
Supporters said this fine would put some teeth into provisions that often require agencies and programs to file a report with the Legislature and noted the state can currently do little or nothing if these reports are not filed.
Clinton defended her vote by noting that it ''gives us the options to be able to impose sanctions on the primary leaders to try to begin to put some teeth into all this talk about dealing with Iran.
If nothing else, the signing of mammoth Grady Jackson should help the 27th-ranked run defense and John Abraham should put some teeth into a pass rush.
Ayer again delivers another of the world's finest actors revelling in the chance to put some teeth into a troubled soul.
One of the best ways to put some teeth into what you are communicating and demonstrating to your legislators is to provide them with facts and figures to back up the good work you do in your communities.
By June 1 I expect that we will table resolutions which will put some teeth into the Mining Act and give it some life," the Lake Nipigon MPP said last month while in Chelmsford.
Finally, to put some teeth into its prohibition against using U.
This new law will really put some teeth into enforcing safe digging practices and help us avoid future tragedies," said Jeff Goltz, Chairman of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, the state's pipeline safety regulator.
Supporters said the bill would put some teeth into code enforcement against absentee landlords.