bare (one's) teeth

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bare (one's) teeth

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

Also, show one's teeth. Indicate hostility and readiness to fight, as in His refusal to accept my offer made it clear I'd have to bare my teeth, or In this instance, calling in a lawyer is showing one's teeth. This figurative term transfers the snarl of a dog to human anger. It first was recorded as show one's teeth in 1615.
See also: bare, teeth
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

bare your ˈteeth

show your teeth in a fierce and threatening way: The dog bared its teeth and growled.
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Nor did Numa do more than bare his teeth and growl a little as she came close to the ape-man.
But he insists will not become 'Captain Grumpy' like Michael Clarke did Down Under and bare his teeth in the middle.
Wexler who avers that in the past two and a half years, Max was seen for office visits, grooming and boarding, and was well behaved, did not growl, snap, bare his teeth or act in a manner that put others at risk of harm.
But he was still alert and when RSPCA animal collection officer Simon Dix approached he started to bare his teeth.
But he was still alert and started to bare his teeth when RSPCA animal collection officer Simon Dix approached.
Moyes, for one, is convinced Neville would bare his teeth should the need ever arise.
JENSON Button is ready to bare his teeth in an effort to retain his Formula One world title after revelling in the role of underdog.
Labour may have been happy for him to bare his teeth when needed but over the years he has shown that beneath the political bluster there is a keen analytical mind that gets to the heart of problems and can put forward positive proposals for change.
Never should you allow him to bare his teeth at you, delivering a stern "no" as an immediate reprimand.
JOHN DUNLOP'S progressive Newbury scorer Let The Lion Roar could bare his teeth again in Thursday's Chester Vase, writes
Only then does he begin to chew, pausing occasionally to take a drink of water, play with the metal gizmos clipped to his cage, or bare his teeth in a mild threat to the strangers who today showed up with the chow.
Nonetheless, the Liverpool forward is back from his ban and ready to bare his teeth on the Premier League once again.
Benitez was right to bare his teeth after recent displays The Leverkusen game is set up to be a cracker.
I'm almost expecting him to walk through the door and bare his teeth. He did have very nice teeth.