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put some teeth into something

Fig. to increase the power or efficacy of something. The mayor tried to put some teeth into the new law. The delivery clause in the contract is too weak. Put some teeth into it.
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Thus, to put teeth into the law, parties found in violation of the statute shall be meted a penalty of a fine of not less than P50,000 (Dh3,932) but not more than P100,000 (Dh7,863), or by imprisonment of one year but not more than two years, or both, at the discretion of the court.
Thus, to put teeth into the law, parties found in violation of the statute shall be meted a penalty of a fine of not less than P50,000 but not more than P100,000, or by imprisonment of one year but not more than two (2) years, or both, at the discretion of the courts," the ANGKLA representative said.
What we have to do is put in a framework and put teeth into it.
According to Neal, “The new regulations put teeth into the ADAAA's goal of making it easier to meet one of the three tests for 'disability' needed for coverage under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
A policy is important, but for IT to put teeth into rules absolutely requires mobile device management technology.
We must put teeth into the policy we passed last year," said Kenny, adding that steps to help Palestinians should go beyond simply making speeches and agreeing conference resolutions.
To put teeth into the system, Keynes proposed that any deficit country--a country tapping more than one-quarter of its maximum overdraft allowance--would be charged interest.
To put teeth into that, the council must take a stand against these rate hikes and put the DWP on notice: There will be no more lavish raises, no more sweetheart contracts, no more bad decisions or poor performance without people being held accountable.
The New Hampshire Senate has passed a bill that would for the first time put teeth into state roles regulating "charitable" games of chance, including Texas Hold'em poker tournaments.
When passed in 1965, the VRA put teeth into the 15th Amendment's guarantee that no citizen can be denied the right to vote because of the color of their skin.
New Pres Mahmoud Abbas has put teeth into his vow to crack down on lawlessness in Palestinian areas as bulldozers begin demolishing buildings illegally built by militants and security men on public land.
In his campaign to put teeth into a heap of nearly meaningless torture conventions and human-rights treaties.
A government that wishes to be totally unrestrained might be expected to chafe against such restraints, but they represent little more than an attempt to put teeth into norms that have guided the international system since the end of World War II.
She says: ``I go back for more surgery in November to put teeth into the implants which have just been created,'' says Amanda.