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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THE ALL YOU NEWS Senior keeper Kirsty Thornton said: "The three spiny mice have been gnawing at chunks of the tree and are using it to grind their teeth down naturally.
Besides increasing heart rate and breathing it also makes the user grind their teeth, excessive sweating, itching, dry mouth and reduces their appetite as well.
For example, those who grind their teeth tend to be more aggressive, competitive, and above all, anxious.
In some cases, Bruxism sufferers can grind their teeth down to stumps, and in others, grinding can result in the wearing down of enamel, increased sensitivity, as well as the loosening, fracturing and loss of teeth.
Stress victims often clench or grind their teeth, which can loosen and damage them.
"Often, children and adolescents grind their teeth at night, and they can have undiagnosed regurgitation or reflux, which brings with it acidity from the stomach.
MANY people across the country grind their teeth in times of stress or anxiety.
-People who grind their teeth; the teeth become worn off
Children often grind their teeth to alleviate discomfort from things like allergies, ear infections, or the common cold.
'This could have a number of uses in dentistry, for example as a research tool, for monitoring patients who clench or grind their teeth, and for assessing the impact of various dental interventions,' he says.
Dentist Deepa Rao of Genix Healthcare Dental Clinic on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, says: "People grind their teeth mostly at night while sleeping but there are some cases of people clenching during the day.
Bruxism is adisorder which causes people to grind their teeth during their sleep and even while awake
Meth also makes addicts feel jittery or hyper, causing people to grind their teeth. Abusers' already fragile teeth are often fractured due to constant pressure and friction between the upper and lower jaw.
I finger through your pages, listen to the symbols grind their teeth. Your things congregate in small heaps.
While thousands of motorists sit and grind their teeth in the gridlock caused by the Big Dig, there are also as many pedestrians carefully skirting their way around pot-holes galore.