Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of dragon's teeth in English:
plural nounBritish informal
Concrete obstacles pointing upwards from the ground in rows, used against tanks in the Second World War.
- Chairman Paul Melhuish said: ‘We looked at the possibility of fitting dragon's teeth or a barrier that horses and pedestrians could easily step over but would prevent other traffic from using it.’
- When I was told to attack the Siegfried Line, I was given a 1: 100K map and three aerial photos of the pillboxes and dragon's teeth complex in my assigned sector and told to be ready at 4 A.M. but not to move until ordered.
sow (or plant) dragon's teeth
- Take action that is intended to prevent trouble, but which actually brings it about.Example sentences
- Punishing families and blowing up houses will only sow dragon's teeth.
- And while it is currently less gory than the one perpetrated by suicide bombers, it is sowing dragon's teeth for the future.
- The Treaty of Versailles sowed dragon's teeth, generations of enmity.
With allusion to the teeth of the dragon killed by Cadmus.
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