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.