gnashing of teeth

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gnashing of teeth

A very vocal display of anger, irritation, contempt, or complaint. After the initial gnashing of teeth, most people just came to accept the new policy. There was much gnashing of teeth over the decision to replace the show's star with another actor.
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gnashing of teeth

Fig. a show of anger or dismay. (Biblical: "weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth.") After a little gnashing of teeth and a few threats, the boss calmed down and became almost reasonable.
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gnashing of teeth

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wailing and gnashing of teeth

People say that there is gnashing of teeth or wailing and gnashing of teeth when people become very worried or upset by something that has happened. In the City, the government's proposal is causing much gnashing of teeth. Despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth from Social Democratic left-wingers, this does look like a first step in the right direction. Note: You can also say weeping and gnashing of teeth. There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth when the Office for National Statistics counted a million fewer people than expected. Note: This expression is often used disapprovingly to show that you think people's reactions are too strong. Note: The phrases `weeping and gnashing of teeth' and `wailing and gnashing of teeth' both appear several times in the Bible in descriptions of the people who are sent to hell.
See also: gnash, of, teeth
References in classic literature ?
He will feel the want of these necessaries when it is too late, when he is arrived at that place where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Instantly there was wailing and gnashing of teeth in the camp.
The result seems to have prompted a wailing and gnashing of teeth among the English media - but isn't it arguably the case that in reality the game of cricket should be embracing this unexpected turn up as a huge positive.
Obviously, though, this has caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the South, even though they'd be quite happy to see our glorious countryside plastered in wind turbines to supply them with some cleaner power.
He looked perfect for the race and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth in these quarters when it transpired he had been pulled out.
Of course, a cursory glance at the science behind the inflammatory reporting showed that we were making a metaphorical, if not literal meal of things, but missing among the wailing and gnashing of teeth was any serious study of one of the more harmful aspects of our meat-dependent lifestyle--the extraordinary levels of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere as a result of livestock farming.
There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth when Hereford, the scene of racing since 1771, closed its doors.
And so the people went forth into the wilderness to join the people of Baggies and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth throughout the land.
There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the headquarters of Ladbrokes, Hill and Coral but their tears were a drop in the ocean compared to the the tidal wave that engulfed them at Wolverhampton on Thursday night.
LOTS of wailing and gnashing of teeth last week as the UK Government announced it was going ahead with a high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham, together with a pounds 500m tunnel to save Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan's job (because she's worth it).
SO, AFTER all the wailing and gnashing of teeth, we now know that the experts were right when they decided to ground flights following the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano.
ADRIAN CHILES' departure from BBC has been greeted with so much wailing and gnashing of teeth, you'd think Gordon Brown had been ejected from Number 10.
But that does not explain the wailing and gnashing of teeth on local radio from opposition councillors, who claimed that they were deep in talks about commercial rates when they were informed that the budget had been passed in their absence.
Days later, defeat at Deepdale - a place where we haven't notched a win since dinosaurs roamed the earth - was greeted on CWR with the all too predictable wailing and gnashing of teeth that usually follows a City reverse.