kick (one) in the teeth(redirected from kicking someone 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.
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.