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in the teeth of

1. In spite of; notwithstanding. Some people still believe vaccinations to be harmful in the teeth of thousands of scientific studies proving otherwise. In the teeth of the boss's disapproval, we decided to go forward with the project anyway.
2. When threatened by or confronted with. It's hard to be an optimist in the teeth of so much tragedy and turmoil in the news each day. The plane turned into the teeth of a horrible storm.
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in opposition (to someone or something)

Opposed or contrary to someone or something; against someone or something. The purpose of our group is to stand in opposition to the corporations planning to move in and destroy local business. Our administration is in vehement opposition to any deal that gives them access to nuclear armaments.
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in opposition (to someone or something)

against someone or something; opposing someone or something. You'll find that I'm firmly in opposition to any further expenditures. The council and the mayor are usually in opposition.
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in the teeth of

1. Straight into, confronting, as in The ship was headed in the teeth of the gale. [Late 1200s]
2. In opposition to or defiance of, as in She stuck to her position in the teeth of criticism by the board members. [Late 1700s] Also see fly in the face of.
3. Facing danger or threats, as in The tribe was in the teeth of starvation. [Early 1800s]
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in the teeth of

1 directly against (the wind). 2 in spite of or contrary to (opposition or difficulty).
2 2001 Fast Company Magazine All of these solid performances occurred in the teeth of a global economic slowdown.
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in oppoˈsition to somebody/something


1 disagreeing strongly with somebody/something, especially with the aim of preventing something from happening: Protest marches were held in opposition to the proposed law.
2 contrasting two people or things that are very different: Leisure is usually defined in opposition to work.

(do something) in the teeth of danger, opposition, etc.

(do something) when or even though it is dangerous or people oppose it, etc: The new law was passed in the teeth of strong opposition.They crossed the Atlantic in the teeth of a force 10 wind.
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The opposition has also reinforced its troop strength near the front lines - but it still appears far outgunned and outmanned by the Taliban.
Obviously, no member of Congress wanted to be held responsible for killing the goose that laid the "New Economy's" golden egg, so congressional opposition continued to build.
Given the weakness, division, and disorientation within the opposition, the most likely near-term scenario is that an LDP-led coalition will continue to lead for a while.
DPJ leader Yukio Hatoyama suggested Sunday that the opposition camp would return to the Diet if it has another chance to hear Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi's policy speech and ask questions on it.
Earlier yesterday, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has upped maneuvering for securing Senate Opposition Leader position after its backing led to opposition's win in the Senate yesterday.
Insha Allah she will be the first woman to lead the opposition in the Senate,' tweeted Mr Bhutto-Zardari.
The PPP thinks that being the single largest opposition party in the house with 20 elected senators, it has the right to be considered on priority for the slot.
Apart from the criticism that I have for the opposition, I have the obligation to reach agreements for the peace of the country," Maduro stressed.
Senator Rehman Malik has been informed by the Party leadership to start preparation to hold portfolio of Opposition leader in the Senate after Senate elections in 2018.
Addressing the rally participants, opposition leaders - Muhammad Afzal Mansha and Touheed Iqbal Butt strongly criticized treasury bench in the Daska MC and alleged that the treasury members with the connivance of the MC officials are targeting the opposition members with stopping their development funds and not allowing sanitary to carry out cleanliness in their areas.
If the opposition invites its supporters to the swearing-in fete, there will almost certainly be violence, with the possibility of injury and death.
By: Nawal Sayed CAIRO - 19 November 2017: "The Syrian opposition forces reaffirm Bashar al-Assad must leave," said head of the Syrian Coalition, Riad Seif on Friday.
Joint sworn opposition of Rodel Mesa and Angelito Bais
Sanjay Kumar The Indian opposition alliance puts up a huge show of strength and unity against the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, in New Delhi Thursday.
HANGU -- Opposition Parties rejected budget, approved by District Nazim few days back with a decree that proceedings were illegal and unconstitutional in a Press conference on Wednesday.