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    an unknown phrase

    Hi!
    What is the exact meaning of the underlinedbold phrase:
    (In a letter to me Mr. Sinclair says: " I take Teixeira never to have been a Christian but ' from the teeth out.')

    NOTE: The above text is about a jewish Portuguese traveler in 16th century, who might converted to Christianity.
    Thanks very much

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    I am guessing that this means that Sinclair thought Teixeira had never been a sincere Christian He spoke Christian words; that is, what came out of his mouth (from the teeth outwards) suggested that he was a Christian, but there was nothing Christian in him.

    I have never encountered this expression.

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    Re: an unknown phrase

    I hadn't heard it either, but it does exist:

    Flattery is from the teeth out. Sincere appreciation is from the heart out.
    Dale Carnegie

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    Re: an unknown phrase

    Please note that a better title would have been From the teeth out.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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