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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You can almost hear him grind his teeth with frustration in post-match interviews these days.
No doubt Metcalfe will grind his teeth and lose sleep over the two loose marks he lost on the relatively easy bottom gully that dropped him down to third.
But when he awakes,alas,alack, Reality comes rushing back, He sits up in his creaky bed, He sadly scratches his bald head, And when he wants to grind his teeth, They'reby his bed, just out of reach.
When he goes near him Bubs starts to grind his teeth and hiss at him.
Dentist Lloyd Jerome says: "It's obvious from old pictures of him that he used to grind his teeth.
He still hasn't been allowed to grind his teeth, but by Sunday that will be three weeks and he's liable to want to come back a week or 10 days earlier than the doctor has given.