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.
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kick in the teeth

verb
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Joe Anderson, spokesman for Teesside Young Labour, said: "Freezing the minimum wage is a kick in the teeth for young people who are struggling to afford the increased costs of transport, study and living.
This is unbelievable after everything that the farming industry has been through and is another kick in the teeth for them,' she said.
The decision not to make available a series of dementia drugs to Alzheimer's sufferers is "a kick in the teeth for millions of people", a charity said today.
WELSH try-scorer Jamie Robinson admitted conceding three New Zealand scores in the dying minutes of defeat was a kick in the teeth.
But Hughes has got Wales so close, for so many months, to theEuro 2004 finals,failure now would be a kick in the teeth.
Geoff Martin, from campaign group Health Emergency, said: "It's a kick in the teeth.
It must also be a real kick in the teeth for the lad because he has been a model professional.
We had loads of chances and were pushing forward in the second half, so it's a real kick in the teeth.
It's a kick in the teeth but it is a good kick in the teeth, not a bad one.
PSV Eindhoven star Robben also plays wide on the left, and Duff said: "I must admit it was a bit of a kick in the teeth after two months out to hear about it.
I would like to think that there are no more horsemen of doom riding our way, but the power failure was another kick in the teeth for the business.