Definitions starting with S

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suck teeth

[Atlantic, US Black (Smiley 1919:378); calque on an African idiom, e.g. Mende yongoi vofoin (lit. teeth suck) (Rickford & Rickford 1976:23) or Twi ano kyew (lit. mouth suck) (K. Aboagye p.c.), idem] v. phr. to draw air through the upper teeth to indicate contempt: 1940 D' lady she work wid didn' give 'er no blackout present. She suck her teet' (Dupuch 35). (Gen.)

n. suck-teeth, the act of sucking one's teeth: She give one long suck-teeth (Nassau). (Gen.)

Tags: idiom, noun, verb phrase

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Last update: 2011-10-31 19:11
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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