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To someone’s teeth vs To the teeth

to someone’s teeth —(dated) directly to smb.’s face; in open defiance:

  • The very men who had laughed the loudest at his jests, were now defying him to his teeth as a villain!

to the teeth —(also: up to the teeth) fully; completely:

  • A young farmer who is starting out and mortgaged to the teeth at the bank would not look at it the same way.