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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The East layout, which has stood the test of time to still be one of the most difficult tests of golf in the country, showed its teeth early with several big guns struggling right in the first day.
PANEL SHOWED ITS TEETH TO 'DISGRACEFUL' LUIS FROM BACK PAGE the Uruguay international forward.
It's high time the energy watchdog showed its teeth and stopped these companies ripping the public off.
It was a shame we couldn't provide a larger field for the club, but the players showed great patience in negotiating difficult conditions on the course and Seafield certainly showed its teeth for this event.
The wind-swept, winding layout showed its teeth early and allowed just a total of five sub-par cards with another five, led by the ageless Frankie Minoza, shooting level 71s to trail by just two.