kick someone in the teeth

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.
See also: kick, teeth