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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I wrote it thinking it would sound very witty; but now that I have seen myself that I only wanted to show off in a despicable way--I will not scratch it out on purpose!) When petitioners used to come for information to the table at which I sat, I used to grind my teeth at them, and felt intense enjoyment when I succeeded in making anybody unhappy.
Come barefoot summer: dream late, dream noon of a red moon risen and slain by mist and warm rain, dream of the nights when touch taught the heart to beat at the throat and under one hip hone, beat a new meter of flicker and float, of grace note--and now when I clench and grind my teeth in my sleep, Love, believe it is only my mouth seeking out the last marrow memory before night bleeds out into the neap-tide drawn dawn--and let me sleep on, Love.
WEIRD "I have started wearing gum shields again because I grind my teeth really badly when I go to bed.
It is the least erotic thing of all - unless your idea of eroticism is standing in a room with 12 electricians and seven other people and having your bum made up in between takes" - Actor Bill Nighy "If anyone else deprived you of this much sleep, you would have them up at The Hague for war crimes" - actor and father-of-two Tom Hardy on the problems of parenthood "When I appear in public, people expect me to neigh, grind my teeth, paw the ground and swish my tail - none of which is easy" - the horse-loving Princess Royal WRITE Letters Editor Media Wales Ltd, Six Park Street, Cardiff CF10 1XR e-mail readers@walesonline.co.uk NOTE please include your name and address for publication and a daytime telephone number
Actor Bill Nighy "When I appear in public, people expect me to neigh, grind my teeth, paw the ground and swish my tail - none of which is easy."
Bushland Lullaby has beautiful phrases too as well as good meter, which is very important as poor meter always makes me grind my teeth. I really liked this book.
Speaking at the premiere of the newest film in the horror franchise, main actor Nicholas D'Agosto said his most frightening experience happens when he is asleep: "You know you are sleeping and you can't move your limbs, and then I grind my teeth. I feel like my teeth are crumbling and that is a terrifying feeling.
"I wake up most mornings," she writes, "thinking I grind my teeth and can't remember your name." Elsewhere, she writes, "I'd rather be reading your eyelashes, soft and short like waves that crest, like too many breaths exhaled." There' a brash honesty in Frazier's work, a charming earnestness that's worthy of attention.
Latest thing is that I grind my teeth at night and have cracked a molar in the process - I know I am bad tempered but hadn't realised I was quite such a teeth gnasher.
The "Soob" handles beautifully, but that mileage makes me grind my teeth. I miss my Colt, and the few thousand gallons of gasoline it saved over its lifetime.
I grind my teeth in my sleep, it keeps my sister up at night, but I can't help it.
"I do grind my teeth and I did it when I was younger so he thinks it has something to do with that.
Q MY wife tells me that I grind my teeth in my sleep so badly that she has moved into the spare room.