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    Default Does "has got teeth" mean "is pungent"? Why use "gal", nor "girl"?

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    Critical acclaim fro Sandra Brown
    "If you want romantic suspense that has got teeth, Sandra Brown is your gal" Stephen King

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    Default Re: Does "has got teeth" mean "is pungent"? Why use "gal", nor "girl"?

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    There is no particular reason why he said "gal". "Gal" is just another (informal) word that means "woman" or "girl". It's commonly used in AmE.

    I don't know exactly what he means by "has got teeth", but I assume that he's praising this author by saying that she writes very suspenseful books. In any case, "has got teeth" is saying something positive about the way the author writes romantic suspense.
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    Default Re: Does "has got teeth" mean "is pungent"? Why use "gal", nor "girl"?

    Hello.
    I agree with Chicken Sandwich.
    It's not "have got teeth", but I've found "have teeth" here (Please see IDIOMS): tooth - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com

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    Default Re: Does "has got teeth" mean "is pungent"? Why use "gal", nor "girl"?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello.
    I agree with Chicken Sandwich.
    It's not "have got teeth", but I've found "have teeth" here (Please see IDIOMS): tooth - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com
    I didn't know this expression. In any case

    "If you want romantic suspense that has got teeth, Sandra Brown is your gal"
    and

    "If you want romantic suspense that has teeth, Sandra Brown is your gal"
    should mean the same thing. Expressions are usually flexible, in that you can change a word and still retain the original meaning.

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