–verb (used with object)
1. to grind or strike (the teeth) together, esp. in rage or pain.
2. to bite with grinding teeth.
–verb (used without object)
3. to gnash the teeth.
4. an act of gnashing.
Every now and then, the chatter is put on hold, and we are free to inspect the men who speak it; the one thing worth remembering in this playwright’s project is not the muck of its wordplay but the attention that it pays to Brendan Gleeson’s face.
Farrell struck me as unfocussed and adrift, as he has so frequently in recent times, [resorting] too readily [to] twitches and tears. But Gleeson, who looks half like a whiskey priest and half like a pastry chef’s mistake, [holds] our gaze without effort, not least when his own gaze is held by altarpieces, books, and pictures in Belgian galleries.
At one point, the two men stop before a Hieronymus Bosch, his "Last Judgment," [marvel]ling at its torments: tiny figures being drowned and spiked
and winkled out of [shells] with a knife.
This restaurant serves freshly [boiled] winkles.
He winkled the stone [out] from inside his shoe.
Glory be, they didn't muck it up.
Bridget Jones's Diary, a beloved book about a heroine both lovable and human, has been made against all odds into a funny and charming movie that understands the charm of the original, and [preserves] it.
The book, a fictional diary of a plump 30-something London office worker, was about a specific person in a specific place. When the role was cast with Renee Zellweger, who is not plump and is from Texas,
[gnashing] and [wailing].
Obviously the Miramax boys would turn London's pride into a Manhattanite, or worse.
throat or (veins of) neck
The defense attorney went right for the jugular by attempting to [destroy] the witness's credibility.