tooth and teeth idioms list
Let’s look at some popular body idioms that contain the word ‘tooth’.
- by the skin of one’s teeth
meaning – by a very narrow margin
example – I thought I was going to be late for my interview, but I got there by the skin of my teeth.
- fight tooth and nail
meaning – use all your effort/strength to fight
example – I’m going to fight tooth and nail to get what I’m deserved in the divorce settlement.
- fine-toothed comb
meaning – thoroughly investigate/check
example – Make sure you go through your assignment with a fine-toothed comb before submitting it.
- get one’s teeth into something
meaning – get involved in a project/job/task etc. with great determination and effort
example – I really got my teeth into renovating the house. I can’t wait to do it again.
- have a sweet tooth
meaning – someone who loves eating sweet foods
example – I had a sweet tooth when I was younger. Now, I prefer savoury foods.
- kick in the teeth
meaning – emphasising disappointment
example – Losing 1-0 in the 92nd minute was a real kick in the teeth for County.
- long in the tooth
meaning – too old for something, getting old
example – We are too long in the tooth for clubbing. You youngsters go and enjoy yourselves.
tooth and teeth idioms list with pictures
Here’s some real life picture examples.