show (one's) teeth

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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.
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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.
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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.
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show your teeth

reveal your strength; be aggressive. British
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
On the contrary, he seemed kindly disposed toward her--too kindly to suit her, for he was prone to run near to her, and when he ran too near it was she who snarled and showed her teeth.
Here he shook the pocket with the five sixpences in it, and Totty showed her teeth and wrinkled her nose in great glee; but, divining that there was nothing more to be got by staying, she jumped off the shelf and ran away to jingle her pocket in the hearing of Nancy, while her mother called after her, "Oh for shame, you naughty gell
Over the years, she learned to cover her mouth when she spoke and never showed her teeth when she smiled.