Armed To The Teeth Idiom

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History and Meaning

The idiom “armed to the teeth” is used to describe someone who is heavily armed and prepared for a fight or confrontation. It implies that the person has a large number of weapons, and is ready to use them if necessary.

The origin of the phrase is uncertain, but it is believed to have originated in medieval times when knights would wear full armor and carry multiple weapons into battle.


  • The bank robbers were armed to the teeth with assault rifles and handguns.
  • The soldiers were armed to the teeth with grenades and machine guns.
  • He came to the negotiation armed to the teeth with information to support his position.

The “armed to the teeth” idiom is often used to describe a situation where someone or a group is excessively prepared for a conflict. It can be used in both formal and informal contexts, and can convey a sense of danger or threat.

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