have teeth

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have teeth

To have enough power to make people listen and obey it, as of a law. This new law against littering has teeth, so if you don't pick up your trash, you'll get a hefty fine.
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have teeth

If an organization or law has teeth, it has the necessary authority or power to make people obey it. Pro-democracy campaigners complain that the new assembly will have no teeth. This legislation has teeth, but judges are not imposing the tougher penalties.
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have ˈteeth

(British English, informal) (of an organization, a law, etc.) be powerful and effective: It appears that the new legislation doesn’t have any teeth, since there has been no improvement in working conditions.
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