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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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The PS10million man had Rams fans gnashing their teeth 12 months,ago when he scored the winner against his old side in the corresponding fixture.
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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.
It promises to be an unmissable half hour, even if that new 8.30pm 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.
It promises to be an unmissable half hour, even if the new 8.30pm slot has left some fans gnashing their teeth. Fry and company have to mind their Ps and Qs a little more in the pre-watershed timeslot, which may muffle some of their comic edge.
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. What I fined a little surprising is the preponderance of academics lured into burying their work in such a volume.
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If this were not the case, policymakers would not be gnashing their teeth in Washington over how to provide health insurance for all.