Meaning of “kick in the teeth” in the English Dictionary

british dictionary

"kick in the teeth" in British English

See all translations

kick in the teeth

informal

If you describe the way someone treats you as a kick in the teeth, you mean that that person treats you badly and unfairly, especially at a time when you need their support:

She was dismissed from her job, which was a real kick in the teeth after all the work she'd done.

(Definition of “kick in the teeth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)