Definition 2022


arm to the teeth



arm to the teeth

  1. (idiomatic) To equip thoroughly with weapons.
    • 1809, Washington Irving, Knickerbocker's History of New York, ch. 33:
      There, on the ramparts of the forts, stood Nicholas Koorn, armed to the teeth, flourishing a brass-hilted sword.
    • 1910, H. Rider Haggard, Queen Sheba's Ring, ch. 15:
      Who can murmur sweet nothings to his adored when two soldiers armed to the teeth have been instructed never to let him out of their sight?
    • 2009 May 25, Michael Schuman, "Building Bridges to China," Time:
      Both sides armed the Taiwan Strait to the teeth, turning it into one of Asia's most dangerous military flash points.