|by the skin of one’s teeth||If you manage to do something by the skin of your teeth, you succeed in doing it but you almost fail.|
The traffic was so heavy I thought I’d miss the train, but I caught it by the skin of my teeth.
|grit your teeth||When you are determined to do something in spite of the difficulties involved, you grit your teeth.|
To reach safety I had to grit my teeth and wade through the mud.
|lie through your teeth||If you lie through your teeth, you lie openly and brazenly, knowing that what you are saying is completely false.|
I saw him breaking the window. If he denies it, he’s lying through his teeth.
|like pulling teeth||Something that is like pulling teeth is extremely difficult to obtain, especially if trying to extract information from someone.|
Getting him to talk about his job was like pulling teeth!
|sink one’s teeth into||If you sink your teeth into something, you do it with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.|
When Julie got promoted, she immediately sank her teeth into her new job.
|sweet tooth||Someone who has a sweet tooth enjoys eating sweet things like sugar, pastries, chocolate, etc.|
She’ll be delighted if you bring her chocolates – she’s got a sweet tooth.
|teeth chattering||If your teeth are chattering, you are extremely cold.|
Was I cold? My teeth were chattering!
|teething problems||The difficulties encountered during the initial stage of an activity or project are called teething problems.|
We had some teething problems when we first opened the bookshop, but now everything is okay.