gnashing of teeth

gnashing of teeth

A very vocal display of anger, irritation, contempt, or complaint. After the initial gnashing of teeth, most people just came to accept the new policy. There was much gnashing of teeth over the decision to replace the show's star with another actor.
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gnashing of teeth

Fig. a show of anger or dismay. (Biblical: "weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth.") After a little gnashing of teeth and a few threats, the boss calmed down and became almost reasonable.
See also: gnash, of, teeth

gnashing of teeth

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wailing and gnashing of teeth

People say that there is gnashing of teeth or wailing and gnashing of teeth when people become very worried or upset by something that has happened. In the City, the government's proposal is causing much gnashing of teeth. Despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth from Social Democratic left-wingers, this does look like a first step in the right direction. Note: You can also say weeping and gnashing of teeth. There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth when the Office for National Statistics counted a million fewer people than expected. Note: This expression is often used disapprovingly to show that you think people's reactions are too strong. Note: The phrases `weeping and gnashing of teeth' and `wailing and gnashing of teeth' both appear several times in the Bible in descriptions of the people who are sent to hell.
See also: gnash, of, teeth
References in classic literature ?
Nevertheless, he began to grow impatient with Coppenole's behavior, and suddenly turned towards him with so formidable a gnashing of teeth, that the Flemish giant recoiled, like a bull-dog before a cat.
He will feel the want of these necessaries when it is too late, when he is arrived at that place where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth. It is then he will find in what mighty stead that heathen goddess, that virtue, which you and all other deists of the age adore, will stand him.
Instantly there was wailing and gnashing of teeth in the camp.
So we all rode down to Magdala, while the gnashing of teeth waxed and waned by turns, and harsh words troubled the holy calm of Galilee.
They danced to the popular Revolution song, keeping a ferocious time that was like a gnashing of teeth in unison.
This has caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth among those who believe the town should stick to the traditional green hue.
France joined in, bringing down the wrath of the White House, where the wailing and gnashing of teeth is audible for miles around.
The result is a wailing and gnashing of teeth about Ken Wharfe's betrayal of Diana, his insensitivity to Princes William and Harry and questions about whether he should be allowed to claim his police pension.
We have seen a lot of weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth and the unprecedented investigation into the scandal will be worth waiting for.
When Atherton's phantom dismissal was replayed on the giant TV screen, fans booed umpire John Hampshire's decision and you could almost hear the gnashing of teeth in the home dressing-room.
On Saturday they seemed to be the best away bet on the coupon to win at Tynecastle, so when the scoreline: Hearts 7, Dunfermline 1 was flashed around the country there must have been as much surprise outside Fife as there were equal measures of gnashing of teeth and sheer delight throughout the Kingdom.
After a full year of whingeing, wailing and gnashing of teeth, where the hell were they?
Whywe have expensive, pointless inquiries into Holyrood while that goes through without much gnashing of teeth beats me.
SO finally after much wailing and gnashing of teeth the news has come ...