be armed to the teeth

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be armed to the teeth

To possess many weapons. The city is armed to the teeth. Someone trying to commit a crime would probably get shot by the intended victim! They thought the criminal only had a knife, but he was armed to the teeth.
See also: arm, teeth
References in classic literature ?
So you see, being in constant fear of being forced from that position, I am armed to the teeth.
I assure you that I am armed to the teeth, and I am perfectly prepared to use my weapons, knowing that the law will support me.
It is a fight in which I am glad to be given the opportunity to take part, and a fight for which I am armed to the teeth.