Meaning of in the teeth of in English:

in the teeth of


  • 1Directly against (the wind)

    ‘in the teeth of the gale we set off for the farm’
    • ‘It's cold outside, and I won't be climbing those valleys today, in the teeth of that wind which always seems to be funnelling down from the colder heights.’
    • ‘Yesterday was a very long day in the teeth of a cold wind and the occasional shower.’
    • ‘Some loon, an observer would say, mumbling to himself, clothing torn, hair matted with blood, the cut over his right eye probably still bleeding, staggering towards another impossible hill in the teeth of an impossible wind.’
    • ‘My brothers and sister and I would run out of the waves, blue with cold, get dressed in the teeth of whatever wind was blowing that day and retreat somewhere ‘out of the wind’ for a picnic lunch.’
    • ‘We were fishing right in the teeth of a big wind on Chateau Lake.’
    • ‘Pam's life was full and happy; she took pleasure in natural history and the creation of a garden in the teeth of regular exposure to south westerly winds.’
    1. 1.1In spite of (opposition or difficulty)
      ‘the firm has expanded its building contracting division in the teeth of recession’
      • ‘Over 300,000 miners went out on strike to defend their living standards in the teeth of opposition from their union leaders.’
      • ‘Bradford Council awarded Brighton-based UZ a three-year contract to run the annual festival in the teeth of opposition from local organisers who founded the event and ran it on a not-for-profit basis for many years.’
      • ‘Those who marched, therefore, did so out of a profound sense of conviction that this was an unjust war and a crime against humanity and in the teeth of almost universal opposition from the political establishment.’
      • ‘… The Prime Minister has been right, and brave, to introduce market pressures into higher education by pushing through university top-up fees in the teeth of opposition from his egalitarian Chancellor.’
      • ‘And secondly, I cannot imagine that it can be anything except deeply detrimental to do this in the teeth of Federation opposition, as opposed to through as much consultation and examination of the issues as possible.’
      • ‘The approval, although recommended by the planning officers' report, came in the teeth of opposition from district councillors, parish councillors, residents and community groups.’
      • ‘Those committed to technological progress, therefore, are attempting to make their societies more just, more efficient and more productive in the teeth of religious opposition.’
      • ‘The project began last Friday in the teeth of furious Polish opposition; the Poles regard it as a snub and stand to lose out financially because they will not be able to levy tariffs on the pipeline.’
      • ‘The Kirk is likely to approve limited embryo research in the teeth of determined opposition from traditionalists at this year's General Assembly.’
      • ‘We brought in the National Curriculum, testing, independent inspections and greater choice, all in the teeth of outright opposition from Labour.’
      • ‘Tomorrow our minimum wage, the one we introduced in the teeth of Tory opposition is going up again - to £4.50.’
      • ‘This has happened in the teeth of some very vocal opposition, mine included.’
      • ‘Last year, the producers had agitated against this and had it removed in the teeth of opposition from exhibitors.’
      • ‘The sad outcome is that the operators could afford to fly in the teeth of all oppositions and put the system into use as scheduled.’
      • ‘Plans to create a school at Wellesley Park in the teeth of fierce opposition led to huge protests.’
      • ‘One of the things about the Scots coming to Ulster in 1609 / 1610, was that they received grants of Plantation lands in the teeth of opposition of many English servitors in Ireland.’
      • ‘But it is hard to imagine him miscalculating that it could be done in the teeth of active opposition from the other political parties, the electorate, and a somewhat sullen defence force.’
      • ‘The reform of local and central government was carried through in the teeth of opposition from the Milanese patricians, who lost their commanding position in the state's administration.’
      • ‘In virtually all cases this was pushed through from below, in the teeth of determined opposition from the national leaderships, particularly UNISON and the FBU.’
      • ‘For the first time in two generations there is the chance for a party that embodies those hopes to win parliamentary seats in England and Wales in the teeth of opposition by Labour Party leaders.’