bare (one's) teeth

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bare (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 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

bare your ˈteeth

show your teeth in a fierce and threatening way: The dog bared its teeth and growled.
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While it is not necessary to prove a prior bite, proof constitutes knowledge that the dog had been known to growl, snap or bare its teeth or evidence showing that the animal was restrained.
Evidence tending to prove that a dog has vicious propensities, for purposes of an owner's liability, include a prior attack, the dog's tendency to growl, snap, or bare its teeth, the manner in which the dog was restrained, and a proclivity to act in a way that puts others at risk of harm.
It has begun to bare its teeth, and it is not a pretty sight.
The detention of British Council officials in St Petersburg is the latest swipe by a Russian bear unafraid to bare its teeth at Britain.
He said: "It's time for the players' union to stand up and bare its teeth and for the United first team players to refuse to perform in this game.
It might be easier if it was a decent social satire, but it doesn't bare its teeth enough.
We did not have to wait a long time after "Energy Day" for the Commission to bare its teeth.
Dr Adrian Friday, of the Museum of Zoology, said: 'If you confront a baboon, it will bare its teeth.
Dogville may regret it ever began to bare its teeth.
But I would expect this course to bare its teeth soon.
I didn't think I'd be shooting 65 on Thursday -- but I would definitely expect this course to bare its teeth, '' Clarke said.