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armed to the teeth

armed to the teeth


  • heavily and formidably armed, usually with deadly weapons
  • fully prepared or equipped (with weapons, arguments and so on).
  • carrying many weapons

Example Sentences

  1. The alleged tax-defaulter was ready for all their questions, and armed to the teeth with proof of his innocence.
  2. It was dangerous to chase the robbers. They were armed to the teeth and looked merciless.
  3. The minister came armed to the teeth for his first press meet after being elected and answered all the question easily.
  4. It’s not advisable to go there now. There is a turf war going on between two gangs and they are armed to the teeth.
  5. Since he had decided to argue his own case, he was armed to the teeth to prove his innocence in front of the court.
  6. They are a very formidable team, having excellent players in all positions. You can say they are armed to the teeth.
  7. The army was armed to the teeth and ready to defend their positions against any form of attack.
  8. Having once been embarrassed in front of his clients, he came armed to the teeth for his next presentation.

The phrase originated in the 14th century and referred to knights who wore head to foot armour. However, it became popular in the mid 1800s, and was used for weapons only at first. Now it is also used figuratively.

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