The idiom “armed to the teeth” is believed to have originated in medieval times when warriors would go into battle with so many weapons they would have to hold one with their teeth. It means to be fully prepared for whatever confrontation we face.
It has also been credited to the time when pirates boarded a ship to conquer and gain the spoils of battle they would carry a pistol in each hand, one in each pocket and a knife in their teeth. Their pistols would have to be reloaded after firing only one shot. This was the reason for having more than one pistol to go into battle.
In life every one of us has to deal with problems, difficulties, and obstacles to overcome. With this in mind we need to prepare beforehand for the in available. Even desired goals take much effort and sacrifice on our part. This includes being physically prepared for athletic activities a person is involved in. Related to that is the concept: “no pain, no gain.” In other words, it takes a great deal of exercise, dieting, and mental preparation beforehand in order to be competitive.
Those who desire to become highly educated for a professional career must make sacrifices in doing so. If they persevere then their desired goal will be achieved.
Dub Mowery is a Gospel preacher in the Church of Christ. A native of Southeast Oklahoma, he is the author of Colloquial Sayings & Expressions (Morris Publishing, 2008)