show (one's) teeth

(redirected from show his teeth)
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

show (one's) teeth

To display an angry, violent, and/or threatening reaction to or against something or someone, as does a dog or wolf when threatened. I will show my teeth to anyone who tries to take away my land. We seemed to be getting along just fine, but she suddenly showed her teeth when I brought up politics.
See also: show, teeth

show one's teeth

 and bare one's teeth
Fig. to act in an angry or threatening manner. (Alludes to what an angry wolf or dog does.) We thought Bob was meek and mild, but he really showed his teeth when Jack insulted his girlfriend. The enemy forces didn't expect the country they invaded to bare its teeth.
See also: show, teeth

show your teeth

If a person or organization shows their teeth, they show that they have the power or are able to fight or defend themselves. The financial services authority appears to be showing its teeth. We need to show our teeth if we are going to solve the problems we have been experiencing.
See also: show, teeth

show your teeth

reveal your strength; be aggressive. British
See also: show, teeth

show your ˈteeth

(British English) do something that shows that you are able to act aggressively and use your power in a situation if it is necessary: Up until now the police have been very patient with the strikers, but today they really showed their teeth.
See also: show, teeth
References in classic literature ?
He did not snarl at her, nor show his teeth, when any leap of hers chanced to put her in advance of him.
"He would stand up on his hind legs, which I've never seen a raccoon do before, and he would show his teeth and then he would fall over backward and go into almost a comatose condition," Coggeshall told CBS affiliated (http://wkbn.com/2018/04/02/reports-of-zombie-like-raccoons-puzzle-youngstown-police/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_WKBN_27_Youngstown_OH) WKBN.
He has to cope with it and deal with it and come back and show his teeth a bit.
Believing she is out to take all his teeth while he is sleeping, he vows not to smile or show his teeth again.
"If you looked at him he would show his teeth and hiss." Fellow animal care assistant Clare Davies discovered the bullet while grooming him, and added: "I was shocked and quite appalled.
A friend of the Fianna Fail leader said: "Bertie doesn't tend to show his teeth much but you can see the difference the new implants have made.