kick (one) in the teeth

kick (one) in the teeth

1. To criticize, exploit, insult, or fail to help one who is in a trusting or vulnerable position. Can Jeff's employee review wait until next week? His girlfriend just left him, and I don't want to kick him in the teeth. After telling us we'd lost our Christmas bonuses, the company kicked us in the teeth by saying we'd be expected to work Christmas Eve.
2. To deliver a humiliating disappointment or setback to one. Losing to our cross-town rivals because of such a terrible call by the ref really kicked us in the teeth.
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kick someone in the teeth

COMMON If someone kicks you in the teeth, they treat you very badly and unfairly in a way that you did not expect. It was as if a new friend had turned round and kicked her in the teeth. They say you are doing a wonderful job, and then kick you in the teeth. Note: You can call treatment like this a kick in the teeth. Pendry described the letter as a `kick in the teeth' and an `insult'. I laid my life on the line for the company and they repaid me with a kick in the teeth.
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kick somebody in the ˈteeth

(informal) treat somebody badly or fail to give them help when they need it: The workers feel they’ve been kicked in the teeth by their employers. They have met all their orders this year but are still being made redundant. ▶ a kick in the ˈteeth noun: I expected to get that job. It was a real kick in the teeth when I didn’t.
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kick in the teeth

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