a kick in the teeth

a kick in the teeth

A humiliating disappointment or setback. Losing my job after my car broke down was a real kick in the teeth.
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a kick in the teeth

a grave setback or disappointment, especially one seen as a betrayal. informal
1994 Daily Mirror The rates rise was a kick in the teeth for the housing market, which had been showing signs of recovery.
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kick in the teeth

verb
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"Volunteers and staff have worked hard together to get our parks, coastal areas and other open spaces looking better than ever and a mindless act such as this must feel like a kick in the teeth for them.
Summary: A plan to allow American Airlines and British Airways to join forces is "a kick in the teeth" for consumers, according to Richard Branson.
The US government's decision to support a plan allowing American Airlines (AA) and British Airways (BA) to join forces is "a kick in the teeth" for consumers, Virgin Atlantic boss Sir Richard Branson has said.
"Sometimes you need a kick in the teeth to get going and it was a big kick in the teeth, as everybody knows, and we were eager to bounce back."