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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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Furthermore, no person shall be denied of his life insurance claims if he dies of HIV or AIDS under a valid and subsisting life insurance policy.' Giving teeth to this rule, Section 50 provides that any person 'who violates the provisions of Section 42 of this Act on health insurance and similar services shall, upon conviction, suffer the penalty of imprisonment of six months to five years, and/or a fine of not less than P50,000.'
Meanwhile, the admission of Councilor Mahipus that the Avila Law still needs IRR indicates that the city government is not really serious in giving teeth to the law.
In giving teeth to a legal or constitutional provision, a breach and application of shortcuts make the act void and of no consequence.
The person responsible for giving teeth to the investigations' findings?
One of the factors giving teeth to the US pressure is the unstable internal political climate in China.
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The panelists claimed the merger allowed both parties to complement each other's strengths, with Massey Knakal's strength in the mid-level investment sales market giving teeth to the bigger Cushman & Wakefield's New York footprint.
By standing against Israel at a time when most of the powerful members of UN are either siding with the butcher of humanity or just keeping silent on the issue, Ban is trying giving teeth to this world organization.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who chaired its meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday, said the decision is aimed at giving teeth to the administration so that it can intervene and make an impact on stability and monitoring of prices.
It is at this point in the book--about halfway--that Moss undergirds the troubling prospects of increasing presidential power at Congress' expense with his own articulated strategy for enhancing and improving congressional oversight and giving teeth to the War Powers Resolution.
She is credited with giving teeth to the district's existing ELL plan when she took the job as coordinator 10 years ago, calling for certified ELL teachers and bilingual education assistants in the schools.
"We want concrete offers," said Anne-Marie Idrac, the French trade minister in charge of the EU Presidency, who outlined the importance of giving teeth to an anti-concentration clause' that would forbid countries to shelter some industrial sectors, such as the automotive one, in their entirety.
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