show your teeth

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 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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The idea that you probably won't smile, you probably won't show your teeth.
Cork's Young Wonder are heading up a gig at The Workman's Club in Dublin tonight to launch their new EP Show Your Teeth and kick off a little tour of the country.
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It's time for the Welsh dragon to breathe fire and flame - come on Welsh Government - show your teeth and make sure it comes to fruition.
So come on Mr Cameron show your teeth, let's just find out precisely how you are going to control this sort of thing.
So come on Mr Cameron, show your teeth, let's just find out precisely how you are going to control this sort of thing.