A tooth is the hard bone-like structure inside the mouth that help us to chew and eat food. The plural of tooth is teeth.
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
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