a gnashing of teeth meaning

[American slang]
Fig. a show of anger or dismay. (Biblical: "weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth.")
  After a little gnashing of teeth and a few threats, the boss calmed down and become almost reasonable.

Examples

  1. they danced to the popular song, keeping a ferocious time that was like a gnashing of teeth in unison.
  2. The repeated incantation of " coulda " recalls a dirge-- a wailing and a gnashing of teeth, uttered haltingly by an inarticulate man.
  3. But many of the politicians and police superiors Ms . Bedi has crossed in her career are more likely to have reacted with a gnashing of teeth.

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