sink (one's) teeth into (something)

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sink (one's) teeth into (something)

To start doing or become involved in something with one's utmost energy, determination, or enthusiasm. I'm always looking for a great book to sink my teeth into. I'd like you to sink your teeth into a new project that I'm developing.
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sink one's teeth into

Also, get one's teeth into. Become fully engaged in, as in He couldn't wait to sink his teeth into that problem. This metaphoric expression alludes to an animal biting vigorously into its prey. [Early 1900s]
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get/sink your ˈteeth into something

(informal) put effort and enthusiasm into something that is difficult enough to keep you interested: This job is too easy. Why can’t they give me something I can really get my teeth into?
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sink one’s teeth into something

verb
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

sink (one's) teeth into

Informal
To undertake an endeavor energetically: She sank her teeth into the challenging project.
See also: sink, teeth
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

sink one's teeth into, to

To become fully engaged or engrossed in something. The analogy in this term, which began to be used figuratively only in the early twentieth century, is to the animal that bites deeply and vigorously into food. Dorothy Sayers used it in Gaudy Night (1935), describing a scholarly effort: “If one could work . . . getting one’s teeth into something dull and durable.”
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We love True Blood, and we are total suckers for an on-screen/off-screen romance we can sink our teeth into, so obviously we loved it when Anna Paquin (Sookie) married her co-star Stephen Moyer (Bill).
Having a wide range of media to sink our teeth into may enrich our problem-solving skills, but what about our creativity?
"I don't know how many times this gum has been helpful in them receiving Christ as their savior, but it is a goodly number." Adds Glenn O., "May I say I am glad you have given us something to sink our teeth into."
Though Hill might have lost her case faster had she enlisted an explicit feminist agenda, hooks argues that she would have gained ground as a speaking, public person, and would have given the viewing audience--the black female and every other viewer--something more to sink our teeth into than despair.