show (one's) teeth

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show (one's) teeth

To display an angry, violent, and/or threatening reaction to or against something or someone, as does a dog or wolf when threatened. I will show my teeth to anyone who tries to take away my land. We seemed to be getting along just fine, but she suddenly showed her teeth when I brought up politics.
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show one's teeth

 and bare one's teeth
Fig. to act in an angry or threatening manner. (Alludes to what an angry wolf or dog does.) We thought Bob was meek and mild, but he really showed his teeth when Jack insulted his girlfriend. The enemy forces didn't expect the country they invaded to bare its teeth.
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show your teeth

If a person or organization shows their teeth, they show that they have the power or are able to fight or defend themselves. The financial services authority appears to be showing its teeth. We need to show our teeth if we are going to solve the problems we have been experiencing.
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show your teeth

reveal your strength; be aggressive. British
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show your ˈteeth

(British English) do something that shows that you are able to act aggressively and use your power in a situation if it is necessary: Up until now the police have been very patient with the strikers, but today they really showed their teeth.
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References in classic literature ?
To invent good stories, and to tell them well, are possibly very rare talents, and yet I have observed few persons who have scrupled to aim at both: and if we examine the romances and novels with which the world abounds, I think we may fairly conclude, that most of the authors would not have attempted to show their teeth (if the expression may be allowed me) in any other way of writing; nor could indeed have strung together a dozen sentences on any other subject whatever.
It is pleasant to know that a new ministry just come into office are not the only fellow-men who enjoy a period of high appreciation and full-blown eulogy; in many respectable families throughout this realm, relatives becoming creditable meet with a similar cordiality of recognition, which in its fine freedom from the coercion of any antecedents, suggests the hopeful possibility that we may some day without any notice find ourselves in full millennium, with cockatrices who have ceased to bite, and wolves that no longer show their teeth with any but the blandest intentions.
CAMERON JEROME says Norwich will show their teeth at Ipswich today.
However, some dogs do smile and show their teeth when greeting people.
Two home and one away at West Brom and the players have got to show their teeth.
But Bradford are starting to show their teeth and a cards buy looks a decent play.
May I suggest the League show their teeth and right this gross anomaly which has slid in.
So the first week of January might be a good time for the owners to go out and show their teeth in the transfer market.
Male apes with large canines often show their teeth when they're fighting over females.
This is useful as people can wear it and not be uncomfortable to show their teeth.
He served to highlight the fact that the tournament win is still within reach and declared that it is only a matter of finding the right balance before the real France show their teeth.
In fact, they are defenseless except to hiss and show their teeth, of which they have 50.
The owners need to show their teeth in January and give the fans something to go on.
Time for the Terriers to show their teeth and stop making excuses.