gnash (one's) teeth

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gnash (one's) teeth

To lash out in anger. The boss will definitely start gnashing his teeth once he hears about this printing mishap.
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gnash one's teeth

Fig. to grind or bite noisily with one's teeth. Bill clenched his fists and gnashed his teeth in anger. The wolf gnashed its teeth and chased after the deer.
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gnash one's teeth

Express a strong emotion, usually rage, as in When Jonah found out he was not going to be promoted, he gnashed his teeth. This expression is actually redundant, since gnash means "to strike the teeth together." Edmund Spenser used it in The Faerie Queene (1590): "And both did gnash their teeth." [Late 1500s]
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gnash your teeth

COMMON If someone gnashes their teeth, they show their anger or annoyance about something. If Blythe heard that piece on the radio, I bet he was gnashing his teeth. He naturally gnashes his teeth over the growing number of lawsuits that have made doing business in America increasingly expensive and difficult.
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gnash your teeth

feel or express anger or fury.
The gnashing of teeth, along with weeping or wailing, is used throughout the Bible to express a mixture of remorse and rage (for example, in Matthew 8:12: ‘But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth’).
1998 Times Prepare yourself for the usual wailing and gnashing of teeth after tomorrow's retail price index figures.
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gnash your ˈteeth

feel very angry and upset about something, especially because you cannot get what you want: He’ll be gnashing his teeth when he hears that we lost the contract.
The basic meaning of gnash your teeth is to bite or grind them together.
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Besides, Lidl and Aldi have been charging for bags ever since they opened their doors without customers gnashing their teeth and tearing their hair out.
The fear and loathing Mr Corbyn has provoked in the top echelons of the Labour Party has been a constant source of mirth as the nomenklatura of the ever rightwards drifting "Labour" Party scuttle around wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth.
30pm slot has left some fans gnashing their teeth as Fry and company have to mind their Ps and Qs a little more in the pre-watershed timeslot.
Those left gnashing their teeth were Louis, Dannii, Sharon Osbourne and Eoghan and Diana - the unhappy couple.
The fact he lied to Katie the other week about his sexuality left many fans gnashing their teeth and it seems we aren't the only ones angry about his actions either.
In other words, instead of gnashing their teeth over where they'd be next year (Davey Lopes would be in Oakland, Reggie Smith in San Francisco, and Steve Garvey and Ron Cey would be gone after one more season), those Dodgers used the uncertainty to fuel their championship drive.
There are other small nuggets in this cart-load of dross from The Independent Institute, but finding them involves the reader in an uncongenial exposure to rampant libertarians weeping, wailing and gnashing their teeth.
Oh, how these Brummies must have been gnashing their teeth when they heard of our wonderful millennium futuristic clock.
Foreign bidders were gnashing their teeth last week as France's Lagardere Group played defender of Gallic culture in a late lunge for Vivendi Universal Publishing's French assets.
New York--Anti-population NGO's (Non-Governmental Organizations) have been gnashing their teeth at the Vatican ever since the conferences of Rio de Janeiro (environment, 1992), Cairo (population, 1994) and Beijing (women, 1995).
PREDICTABLY all our Villa friends start gnashing their teeth and wailing when David Gold raises the issue of a new ground.
This week, the sound you're hearing is rival studio execs gnashing their teeth as B.
While Marconi shareholders were chanting "off with their heads" and gnashing their teeth at the group's AGM in London, life at the BT meeting in Nottingham was pretty serene.