Month: May 2018

That’s About the Shape of the Tooth

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The phrase ‘that’s about the shape of the tooth’ means ‘that’s correct’ or ‘that’s the most likely scenario’. It is derived from the story about a Muvari herder whose flocks of beshi were beset by a spotted hyena. She fought them off but was bit by a hyena with crooked teeth.┬áMuvari hunters tracked down the den of the spotted hyenas and destroyed them. Wondering if they had indeed destroyed the den of the same hyenas who had attacked the flocks, they matched the crooked teeth of one of the slain hyenas to the bite on the shepherd and confirmed they had destroyed the correct den.