In the teeth

directly; in direct opposition; in front.

See also: Tooth

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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"Volunteers and staff have worked hard together to get our parks, coastal areas and other open spaces looking better than ever and a mindless act such as this must feel like a kick in the teeth for them.
"McGinley looked certain to win that match so it was a real kick in the teeth."
Her account of the freedmen's attempt to establish their own militias in the teeth of the hostility of the Republican establishment as well as the Democratic opposition is especially telling, and, unlike too many others, she does not pretend that the whites had a monopoly on extralegal violence.
is going to from It's really in the teeth "The iPads have specialist apps to help children say they are hungry or in pain.