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.
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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.
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.
Wars are a ghastly business, much glorified but then followed by a whole lot of commemorative weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Obviously, though, this has caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the South, even though they'd be quite happy to see our glorious countryside plastered in wind turbines to supply them with some cleaner power.
THERE was plenty of gnashing of teeth in midweek when Liverpool midfield target Piotr Zielinski made his first appearance of Euro 2016 for Poland against Ukraine.
The real horror of it goes largely unreported while there is much gnashing of teeth about whether generally good parents can give their child a light smack.
This proposal has been met with all sorts of arm waving and gnashing of teeth, but its stated goal is to prevent overzealous prosecution of CCW permit holders for accidental exposure of their concealed firearm.
Of course, a cursory glance at the science behind the inflammatory reporting showed that we were making a metaphorical, if not literal meal of things, but missing among the wailing and gnashing of teeth was any serious study of one of the more harmful aspects of our meat-dependent lifestyle--the extraordinary levels of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere as a result of livestock farming.
And so the people went forth into the wilderness to join the people of Baggies and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth throughout the land.
FOR all the wailing and gnashing of teeth on Merseyside, I am finding it hard to feel sorry for either Steven Gerrard or Liverpool.
Along with the gnashing of teeth and dry, hard humour there are a few drops of humanity distilled along the way.
Can we drop this wailing and gnashing of teeth and look forward for a change?