Green’s Dictionary of Slang

teeth n.

1. (W.I. Rasta) bullets [similarity in shape].

‘Patois Dict.’ www.dancehallareaz.com [Internet].

2. (drugs) cocaine, crack cocaine [similarity in colour/size].

[US]ONDCP Street Terms 21: Teeth — Cocaine; Crack Cocaine.

In phrases

chip one’s teeth (v.) (also chip the china) [one’s fury figuratively damages one’s teeth]

(US, orig. milit.) to talk, esp. to excess or angrily.

[US]P. Kendall Dict. Service Sl. 35: Chipping the china [...] complaining.
[US]McCulloch Woods Words.
[US]D. Dempsey ‘The Language of Traffic Policemen’ in AS XXXVII:4 268: chip one’s teeth, v. phr. To demonstrate extreme anger.
[US]J. Wambaugh Choirboys (1976) 85: I could easier put up with all the Hebes in Kosher Canyon chippin their teeth every time you give them a ticket.
draw teeth (v.) [Hotten (1864) cites it as ‘Medical Student slang’]

(UK Und.) to wrench off door-knockers.

[UK]‘Ducange Anglicus’ Vulgar Tongue 36: ‘Teeth drawing;’ wrenching knockers off. Gen.
[UK]London Standard 13 Dec. 3/3: Among the words that fast society has borrowed [...] Drawing Teeth, wrenching off knockers.
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[UK]Barrère & Leland Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[UK]R.T. Hopkins Life and Death at the Old Bailey 63: The following crook’s words and phrases date from the days of the old Old Bailey: [...] wrenching off knockers – drawing teeth.
have one’s back teeth afloat (v.) (also have one’s back teeth awash, ...back teeth under (water), ...one’s teeth swimming)(orig. US)

1. to be very drunk.

[[UK]J. Heywood Proverbs II Ch. ix: A syr, I see, ye may see no greene cheese, / But your teeth muste water. A good coknay coke].
[US]G.W. Peck Peck’s Sunshine 248: Candidate for office so Full of Bug Juice that His BackTeeth are Afloat.
[UK]Missouri Republican 25 Jan. n.p.: His honour... drank until, as an onlooker put it, his back teeth were well afloat [F&H].
[UK]Hull Dly Mail 3 Sept. 5/3: Any one who has taken too much wine has his ‘back teeth awash’.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘The Horse-and-Cart Ferry’ in Roderick (1967–9 II) 297: By the Drunk’s Boat — that’s right — / On a Saturday night / He would often be past being merry; / With his back teeth afloat / On the twelve o’clock boat, / And a spectacle there on a ferry.
[UK]E. Blair in College Days (Eton) 4 1 Apr. in Complete Works X (1998) 65: A bunch of ugly-looking muts [...] shouting like Mexicans with their back teeth under.
[UK]‘William Juniper’ True Drunkard’s Delight 225: Our tippler [...] has a guest in the attic, his back teeth well afloat, or teeth under.
[US]B. Schulberg What Makes Sammy Run? (1992) 3: You’re drunk, Al. Your teeth are swimming.
[US]Drunktionary [Internet] Buoyant – High, happy. Or, because one’s teeth are floating (cf. ‘Back teeth afloat’).

2. (also have one’s kidneys floating) to be desperate to urinate.

[US]J.C. Ruppenthal ‘A Word-List From Kansas’ in DN IV:ii 102: back teeth under water, phr. Descriptive of distress from fullness of the bladder.
[US]DN V 200: Back teeth’s a-floatin’ [...] To express painful fullness of the bladder.
[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Judgement Day in Studs Lonigan (1936) 595: And, say, are my kidneys floating?
[US]L. Uris Battle Cry (1964) 68: I can’t hold it, my back teeth are floating!
[US]H. Ellison ‘High Dice’ in Gentleman Junkie 87: We’d been in there [i.e. the lavatory] a good twenty-five minutes [...] and everybody’s back teeth were probably floating.
[US]R. Campbell In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 86: ‘My kidneys are floatin’,’ Canaan said. He got up and walked down the tiles to the toilets.
[Ire]P. Howard Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 76: I head off to the can. After six or seven Britneys, the old back teeth are floating.
have one’s back teeth underground (v.)

to have eaten to satiation or excess.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 37: (—1913).
have sand in one’s teeth (v.)

(Aus.) to be extremely angry.

[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 30 Nov. 7/1: ‘Sand in the teeth’ is a new phrase for the man who is fighting mad.
punish one’s teeth (v.)

see under punish v.

scribble one’s teeth (v.)

(US black) to talk; to preach.

[US]Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] tooth scribblin Definition: to talk, preach. Example: Yo Greasy, get the hell out my step ’fo I start slippin, hear my tooth scribblin flip?
strip teeth and bite (v.)

see under strip v.

throw one’s teeth (v.)

to speak.

[UK]Derby Day 42: ‘Throw your teeth at a stuffed donkey,’ exclaimed the trainer. ‘Don’t you talk to me; I’m all there, don’t you make a mistake, guv’nor.’.

In exclamations

in your teeth!

a dismissive rejoinder.

[UK]Congreve Love for Love II i: sir sampson: By the horns of the moon, you would say, Brother Capricorn. foresight: Capricorn in your teeth, thou modern Man-devil.
[UK]Swift Polite Conversation 15: nev.: Miss, what spells B double uzzard? miss: Buzzard in your Teeth, Mr. Neverout.
Lytton Tragedy of Count Alarcos IV i: Ass in thy teeth, comrade, and no more on’t.
[UK]Henley & Stevenson Deacon Brodie I tab.III iii: rivers: You lie! brodie: In your teeth.
keep your teeth!

calm down!

[UK]A. Mayhew Paved with Gold 284: Keep your teeth. Didn’t I promise you supper? Now, sharp and cut to Stonehenge.