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sunk our teeth in

sunk our teeth in

Date: Sep 13 2001


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“We both sunk our teeth in because we wanted to do really well.”
—Josh Hartnett, co-star of the movie Pearl Harbor, talking about his role in the movie O.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

took it seriously, were very determined, gave our best effort, tried to be serious-minded

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

This expression is most often used in regard to difficult tasks. For example, you’re likely to sink your teeth in to your job, or your school work, but you probably wouldn’t sink your teeth in to hanging out with your friends.
You can use “sink my teeth in” whenever you’re trying really hard to do something, or when you’re excited about doing something.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

””I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the new book I bought at Amazon.com.”“

””If you really want to get in shape, you’re going to have to sink your teeth in to a good exercise program.”“

””I really wanted to do well on the math test, so I really sunk my teeth in to it. Unfortunately, I still got a ‘C.’”“


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

I think “sunk our teeth in” means “work seriously”.
by G-man
I guess it would mean “get very seriously involved in something”
by Amit (India, Bangalore)
Meaning of the slang “Sunk our teeth in” is “Worked hard”.
by Vijay

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