a kick in the teeth

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a kick in the teeth

"a kick in the teeth"

bad news or a sudden disappointment especially when you feel you are being treated unfairly or were expecting help and support


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a kick in the teeth

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I heard the bad news. Sorry you did not get the promotion. You have worked so hard and so long and sacrificed so much for your job. It must be quite a shock and disappointment.

Colleague 2:  Yes. It is a kick in the teeth alright. More so because the boss's nephew, who has only been with the company a year, got the promotion.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a kick in the teeth

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Well? Did your friend get the concert tickets for us?

Friend 2:  No she did not. And she had promised she would.

Friend 1:  That is a kick in the teeth. What are we going to do now?

Friend 2:  Deal with our disappointment, I suppose.

a kick in the teeth - Usage:


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a kick in the teeth - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a kick in the teeth.

a kick in the teeth - Examples:

1)  Disappointing weekend. It was all a kick in the teeth for German Grand Prix organisers, who had to scrap the 2015 race at the ...

2)  It is a kick in the teeth to students. The Government are reneging on the deal reached in 2010 ...

3)  ... plan to close the branches, describing it as "a kick in the teeth" for both customers and staff in Northern Ireland. 

4)  Why should they treat generously a country that has given them a kick in the teeth?

5)  It was a kick in the teeth to be told you're going to be living with this chronic condition as a ...

6)  This might be a kick in the teeth for Chelsea fans. Many didn't want to see Mourinho sacked midway through the ...

7)  That was a kick in the teeth, and it took us a long time to get back from that.

8)  We made it hard for ourselves and it was a kick in the teeth to concede in the first minute but in the second half we showed great character ...

9)  ... has to be respected and making exceptions for celebrities would be a kick in the teeth to those who are not celebrities.

10)  Slashing the time available to consider submissions is a kick in the teeth to the hundreds of very capable people who have spent a lot of time preparing ...

11)  ... which meant I was the alternate, which was kind of a kick in the teeth.

12)  He gave me a kick in the teeth when he went, but I don't bear any animosity to him and I ...

13)  ... not considered part of any contribution to the school? What a kick in the teeth for somebody that's done it for over 40 years.

14)  ... they get housing. what do the homeless get? a kick in the teeth from what I have seen.

15)  This is a kick in the teeth and just plain nasty.

16)  RMS recently gave her competitors a kick in the teeth by unveiling not one, but four 24 hour vernacular TV stations.

17)  ... cost of living increase. But what we do get is a kick in the teeth. Especially as they keep asking for more and more with less and less.

18)  Losing to Donegal was a kick in the teeth for us because we had been quite optimistic going into the game.

19)  Many see the destruction of the food as a kick in the teeth for this who are already spiraling into poverty.

20)  Far from giving other women a kick in the teeth, female CEOs are more likely to give their female colleagues a hand up.