grind (one's) teeth

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grind (one's) teeth

To internalize one's anger without expressing it externally. The image is that of a person literally grinding their teeth together out of anger. Don't just sit there, grinding your teeth—if you're mad at me, let's talk about it.
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grind your teeth

If someone grinds their teeth, they are angry about something, but do not express their anger. We journalists, who once were just like him, grind our teeth as we contemplate his success. Note: You can also talk about grinding of teeth, teeth-grinding, and tooth-grinding. There has been much grinding of teeth about what is seen by the government as the harshness of the European Community's decisions. When you are a little boy of nine, your father can seem like a hero one minute, only to cause you tooth-grinding embarrassment the next.
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Even President Trump said Brexit was a "complex thing right now" - though he also said he'd given Theresa May his ideas on how to negotiate, which she'd ignored (comments that may well have caused the Prime Minister to actually grind her teeth.) In the Commons there were various votes, some of which were apparently not binding (so why hold them then?) Senior MPs called for people to vote for things they didn't vote for themselves.
And it wasn't just Mary who had to grind her teeth.
Murphy submitted evidence that as a result of NYANG's conduct she suffered from bruxism, a stress-related condition that caused her to grind her teeth, resulting in permanent damage to her teeth.
Brooke used to grind her teeth so violently that she broke her jaw in school.