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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all those angry angles grinding their teeth, unseen wind
Audrey Gallacher, from Consumer Focus, said: "Hard-pressed consumers will be grinding their teeth in frustration.
Audrey Gallacher, head of energy at Consumer Focus, said: "Hard-pressed Consumers will be grinding their teeth in frustration as the second of the Big Six hints at price rises while reporting increased profits.
Often people are not diagnosed with bruxism till it is too late because they don't realise they are grinding their teeth until someone hears them and points it out, or the physical signs of damage like cracked teeth begin to show," says Dr Lipika Sethi, dental consultant, Moolchand Medcity.
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.
The 15th-annual championship of the indoor football league gives everyone something to listen to - namely, Brent Musburger's call - while grinding their teeth waiting for WWF SummerSlam.
Other oral care accessories are aimed at such problems as eliminating bad breath and preventing people from grinding their teeth while sleeping.
Pacifier: This child's toy keeps ravers from grinding their teeth, a common physical reaction to the drug ecstasy.
They're the ones who are undoubtedly grinding their teeth and wondering why it's taking so darn long to get there.
Others will be left grinding their teeth wishing they had thought of it first.