get (one's) teeth into (something)

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get (one's) teeth into (something)

To start doing or become involved in something with one's utmost energy, determination, or enthusiasm. I'm always looking for a great book to get my teeth into. I'd like you to get your teeth into this new project I'm developing.
See also: get, teeth
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get one's teeth into something

 and sink one's teeth into something; get one's teeth in; sink one's teeth in
Fig. to begin to do something; to get completely involved in something. I can't wait to get my teeth into that Wallace job. Here, sink your teeth into this and see if you can't manage this project. He'll find it easier when he sinks in his teeth.
See also: get, teeth
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

get your teeth into something

or

sink your teeth into something

COMMON If you get your teeth into something or sink your teeth into it, you do it with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. We've not had an interesting legal case to get our teeth into for weeks. I like a nice substantial project to sink my teeth into.
See also: get, something, teeth
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get (or sink) your teeth into

work energetically and productively on (a task).
See also: get, teeth
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get/sink your ˈteeth into something

(informal) put effort and enthusiasm into something that is difficult enough to keep you interested: This job is too easy. Why can’t they give me something I can really get my teeth into?
See also: get, sink, something, teeth
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get one’s teeth into something

and sink one’s teeth into something
tv. to undertake to do something. She’ll do better as soon as she gets her teeth into the task. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into that Wallace job.
See also: get, something, teeth
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

get one's teeth into (something), to

To come to grips with something; to work energetically at something. Though the image of sinking one’s teeth into something is surely much older, the expression appears to come from the early twentieth century. In Dorothy Sayers’s wonderful mystery Gaudy Night (1935), one of the women says, “If one could work here . . . getting one’s teeth into something dull and durable.”
See also: get, teeth, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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