1) N-COUNT: oft poss N Your teeth are the hard white objects in your mouth and which you use for biting and chewing.

She had very pretty straight teeth...

If a tooth feels very loose, your dentist may recommend that it's taken out.

2) N-PLURAL The teeth of something such as a comb, saw, cog, or zip are the parts that stick out in a row on its edge.

The front cog has 44 teeth.

3) N-PLURAL If you say that something such as an official group or a law has teeth, you mean that it has power and is able to be effective.

The opposition argues that the new council will be unconstitutional and without teeth...

The law must have teeth, and it must be enforced.

power, authority
4) See also wisdom tooth
5) PHRASE: usu v-link PHR Someone who is armed to the teeth is armed with a lot of weapons or with very effective weapons.

Both sides were armed to the teeth.

6) PHRASE: V inflects, PHR prep, PHR -ing If you say that someone cut their teeth doing a particular thing, at a particular time, or in a particular place, you mean that that is how, when, or where they began their career and learned some of their skills.

...director John Glen, who cut his teeth on Bond movies...

He cut his teeth in the sixties as director of Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre.

7) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that something sets your teeth on edge, you mean that you find it extremely unpleasant or irritating.

Their voices set your teeth on edge.

8) PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR to-inf If you fight tooth and nail to do something, you do everything you can in order to achieve it. If you fight something tooth and nail, you do everything you can in order to prevent it.

He fought tooth and nail to keep his job...

Unions pledged to fight any compulsory redundancies `tooth and nail'.

9) PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR n (approval) If you describe a task or activity as something you can get your teeth into, you mean that you like it because it is interesting, complex, and makes you think hard. [INFORMAL]

This role gave her something to get her teeth into...

They have to get involved and get their teeth into some police work.

10) PHRASE: PHR n If you do something in the teeth of a difficulty or danger, you do it in spite of the difficulty or danger.

I was battling my way along the promenade in the teeth of a force ten gale...

In the teeth of the longest recession since the 1930s, the company continues to perform well.

11) PHRASE: V inflects (emphasis) If you say that someone is lying through their teeth, you are emphasizing that they are telling lies. [INFORMAL]
12) PHRASE: v-link PHR (disapproval) If you describe someone as long in the tooth, you are saying unkindly or humorously that they are old or getting old. [INFORMAL]

Aren't I a bit long in the tooth to start being an undergraduate?

13) PHRASE: usu PHR after v If you have a sweet tooth, you like sweet food very much.

Add more honey if you have a sweet tooth.

14) to get the bit between your teethsee bit
to give one's eye teeth for something → see eye
to gnash one's teethsee gnash
to grit your teethsee grit
a kick in the teethsee kick
by the skin of your teethsee skin

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Tooth — (t[=oo]th), n.; pl. {Teeth} (t[=e]th). [OE. toth,tooth, AS. t[=o][eth]; akin to OFries. t[=o]th, OS. & D. tand, OHG. zang, zan, G. zahn, Icel. t[ o]nn, Sw. & Dan. tand, Goth. tumpus, Lith. dantis, W. dant, L. dens, dentis, Gr. odoy s, odo ntos,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tooth — tooth; tooth·er; tooth·ful; tooth·i·ly; tooth·ing; tooth·less; tooth·let; tooth·pick·er; tooth·some; tooth·some·ly; tooth·some·ness; un·tooth; tooth·less·ly; tooth·less·ness; …   English syllables

  • tooth — W2S2 [tu:θ] n plural teeth [ti:θ] ↑ear, ↑nose, ↑tooth, ↑eye ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(in mouth)¦ 2¦(on a tool etc)¦ 3¦(power)¦ 4 fight tooth and nail 5 get your teeth into something …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tooth — [to͞oth; ] for v., also [ to͞oth] n. pl. teeth [tēth] [ME < OE toth (< * tanth), akin to Ger zahn < IE * edont (< base * ed , to eat) > L dens (gen. dentis), Gr odous (gen. odontos)] 1. a) any of a set of hard, bonelike structures… …   English World dictionary

  • tooth — [ tuθ ] (plural teeth [ tiθ ] ) noun count *** 1. ) any of the hard white objects inside your mouth that you use for biting and for CHEWING food: front/back teeth a loose/missing/broken tooth brush/clean your teeth: It s important to brush your… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Tooth — Tooth, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Toothed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Toothing}.] 1. To furnish with teeth. [1913 Webster] The twin cards toothed with glittering wire. Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] 2. To indent; to jag; as, to tooth a saw. [1913 Webster] 3. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tooth´i|ly — tooth|y «TOO thee», adjective, tooth|i|er, tooth|i|est. 1. showing many teeth prominently: »a toothy smile. 2. having teeth. –tooth´i|ly …   Useful english dictionary

  • tooth|y — «TOO thee», adjective, tooth|i|er, tooth|i|est. 1. showing many teeth prominently: »a toothy smile. 2. having teeth. –tooth´i|ly …   Useful english dictionary

  • tooth — (n.) O.E. toð (plural teð), from P.Gmc. *tanth, *tunth (Cf. O.S., Dan., Swed., Du. tand, O.N. tönn, O.Fris. toth, O.H.G. zand, Ger. Zahn, Goth. tunþus), from PIE *dont /*dent tooth (Cf. Skt. danta, Gk. odontos …   Etymology dictionary

  • tooth — ► NOUN (pl. teeth) 1) each of a set of hard, bony enamel coated structures in the jaws, used for biting and chewing. 2) a projecting part, especially a cog on a gearwheel or a point on a saw or comb. 3) (teeth) genuine force or effectiveness. ●… …   English terms dictionary

  • Tooth — Tooth. См. Зубец. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

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