Definition of kick someone in the teeth in English:

kick someone in the teeth


  • Cause someone a grave setback or disappointment.

    • ‘there are times when life kicks you in the teeth’
    • ‘You think you're going in the right direction and then a performance like that really kicks you in the teeth so all the lads were very disappointed and so were the staff.’
    • ‘Jamie Johnstone said staff felt like they had been kicked in the teeth after all their hard work building up the business.’
    • ‘Scotland have an uncanny knack of finding heartbreaking ways of exiting tournaments, of getting the nation's hopes up before kicking them in the teeth.’
    • ‘On the 60th anniversary of D-Day they patted us on the back… nine months later they kick us in the teeth.’
    • ‘Why is it, as soon as I show even the faintest sign of optimism, something happens to really kick me in the teeth?’
    • ‘I've always wanted to play cricket for my country, so it felt like they were kicking me in the teeth.’
    • ‘Police officers must feel like they are kicked in the teeth every time they see someone they locked up back on the streets when they worked so hard to put them away in the first place.’
    • ‘But one day the world kicks you in the teeth and you don't have any choice but to see things the way they really are.’
    • ‘She launched a scathing attack on the sport's main authorities - insisting she has been kicked in the teeth by the very people who should be supporting her.’
    • ‘We've been kicked in the teeth so many times over the years but have always managed to keep on going, but this time, we're in real trouble.’