a kick in the teeth

This page is about the idiom a kick in the teeth.

Meaning: If you get a kick in the teeth, something bad happens to you or you feel that you've been treated poorly.

For example:

  • I'd just lost my job, so hearing that I had to move out of my apartment as well was a real kick in the teeth.

  • Gerry said that being told to get out of his apartment was a kick in the teeth after spending so much on doing it up.

Quick Quiz:

Hasan said it was a real kick in the teeth when he

a. lost his job

b. found a job

c. did the job

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Contributor: Matt Errey