Posted by Bob on April 30, 2006
In Reply to: EYE TEETH posted by David FG on April 30, 2006
: : Are you able to advise on the following please: ' EYE TEETH' I have heard this used that someone would give their eye teeth for such and such
: The eye teeth are the canines. To 'give one's eye teeth' is along much the same lines as 'I would give my right arm for...'
Out of curiosity, I checked the dictionary for the origin, and they say it is (probably) because they are located under the eyes. We have 8 incisors, which are the teeth between the eye teeth, 4 above, 4 below.