The British Idiom – Have no teeth
Definition of Have no teeth
For an organisation to have no teeth is for it to have no real power to make people listen to it or obey its instructions.
Examples of Usage of Have no teeth
As a committee, we have the power to make recommendations, but we have no real teeth when it comes to putting our recommendations into practice. The UN peace keepers have plenty of guns, soldiers and tanks, but no real teeth, so the rebels can get away with anything.
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