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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: grind, teeth
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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Founded in 2014, Sleep.ai created an app and wearable for detecting if a user is snoring and/or grinding their teeth, known as bruxism, and helps dentists monitor patients after they've begun dental treatment for either condition.
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Oh, it's the humourless of the nation grinding their teeth as they watch "the long-haired loafer" swan about his patch of heaven, digging up carrots and breathlessly brushing off his spuds.
Everything has its price but I am sure a lot of narrow-minded Gaels around the country will be grinding their teeth in a rage, and a few bitter souls from the past will be turning in their graves.
No politician will be viewed with warmth by an electorate which has spent years grinding their teeth in frustration.
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