One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Demonstrate or use one's power or authority in an aggressive or intimidating way.‘the council showed its teeth for the first time by imposing an economic embargo’
- ‘West Ham had by no means blown themselves out, but early in the second half Albion showed their teeth.’
- ‘She said that the agency ‘would show its teeth to bring that attitude to a swift end’.’
- ‘Chances were few and far between in the early stages and Clydebank were the first to show their teeth when Tony McPeak headed a cross from Eric Paton only to see it blocked by a defender.’
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