in the teeth of


1

Straight into, confronting, as in The ship was headed in the teeth of the gale. [Late 1200s]

2

In opposition to or defiance of, as in She stuck to her position in the teeth of criticism by the board members. [Late 1700s] Also see fly in the face of.

3

Facing danger or threats, as in The tribe was in the teeth of starvation. [Early 1800s]

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