kick in the teeth
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a kick in the teeth
A humiliating disappointment or setback. Losing my job after my car broke down was a real kick in the teeth.
kick (one) in the teeth
1. To criticize, exploit, insult, or fail to help someone 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 every day over winter except for Christmas itself.
2. To give or issue someone a humiliating disappointment or setback. Losing to our cross-town rivals because of such a terrible call by the ref really kicked us in the teeth.