armed to the teeth


: carrying many weapons
The police were armed to the teeth.

Examples of armed to the teeth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the fear is that many of them, armed to the teeth, are prepared to storm the gates. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 His administration should intensify its efforts to equip Ukrainian forces with adequate intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities and ensure that Ukrainian forces are armed to the teeth with weapons capable of deterring a future Russian assault. The Editors, National Review, 27 Apr. 2021 Even living in a state like ours with sensible gun safety measures offers limited assurance; there are no checkpoints between states, meaning malefactors armed to the teeth in other states can wander on in. Yvonne Abraham,, 25 May 2022 My friends, there is a toxic mixture in this country today of hate, of anger, and a population that is increasingly armed to the teeth with deadly weapons. CBS News, 23 Apr. 2023 But the numbers tell a different story April 7, 2023 Of course, this was the NRA’s grand plan all along, this having America armed to the teeth. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2023 The original excavators assumed that the individual who’d been buried armed to the teeth was a man. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 2 Jan. 2019 All over the world, there are places where rumors persist and modern day ghost hunters come armed to the teeth with gadgets — motion detectors, electromagnetic field meters, air ion counters — looking for definitive proof of the paranormal in some of the world's most storied forests. Bree Sposato, Travel + Leisure, 28 Apr. 2023 America remains armed to the teeth, with close to 400 million guns in circulation and as many as 20 million new guns purchased each year. Brian Till, The New Republic, 6 June 2022

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“Armed to the teeth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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