give teeth to (something)

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give teeth to (something)

To make something stronger or more effective, especially a rule or piece of legislation. Senators are hoping to give teeth to the healthcare bill by attaching the threat of huge fines to insurance companies that don't comply. You'll never give teeth to the regulations if officers are not allowed to make arrests.
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give teeth to something

 and put teeth in(to) something
Fig. to make something powerful; to give something a real effect. The severe penalty really gives teeth to the law. Strong enforcement puts teeth in the regulation.
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Interestingly, it gave teeth to its neki program by an on-ground activity in Dolmen mall Clifton Karachi.
He also gave teeth to the environment ministry, not hesitating in blocking the multi-million industrial and mining projects, in case of non-compliance with ecological laws.
"The model gave teeth to the permit application to release this weevil in the United States," says Davis.
THE Jockey Club yesterday gave teeth to its ban on trainers and stable staff laying their own horses on betting exchanges by signing a Memorandum Of Understanding with leading firms Betfair and Sporting Options.
On 23 November, America gave teeth to its threats by cutting Somalia's only internet and telecoms links to the outside world.
More than 50 environmental justice cases have been filed with the Environmental Protection Agency since President Clinton gave teeth to the concept in a 1994 executive order.