bite1 S2 past tense bit past participle bitten present participle biting
to use your teeth to cut, crush, or chew something:
teeth[intransitive and transitive]
The dog bit him and made his hand bleed.
She bit into a croissant and took a sip of coffee.
An adult conger eel can easily bite through a man's leg.
Nina pushed her fist into her mouth and bit down hard.
bite something off
a man whose arm was bitten off by an alligator
bite your nails (=bite the nails on your fingers, especially because you are nervous)
I wish I could stop biting my nails.
bite your lip (=because you are upset or not sure what to say)
She paused uncertainly, biting her lip.
to injure someone by making a hole in their skin [↪ sting]:
insect/snake[intransitive and transitive]MIHB
I think I've been bitten.
The dog's been badly bitten by fleas.
if an object bites into a surface, it presses firmly into it and does not move or slip
The hooves of the galloping horses had bitten deep into the soft earth.
He wore boots that bit into the ice.
to start to have an unpleasant effect:
The new tobacco taxes have begun to bite.
The recession is biting into the music industry.
to believe what someone tells you or to buy something they are selling, especially when they have persuaded you to do this:
The new camcorders were withdrawn after consumers failed to bite.
if a fish bites, it takes food from a hook and so gets caught:
The fish just aren't biting today.
to stop yourself from saying what you really think, even though this is difficult:
She should have bitten her tongue.
to die, fail, or be defeated:
Italy's championship hopes eventually bit the dust.
to start dealing with an unpleasant or dangerous situation because you cannot avoid it any longer:
I finally bit the bullet and left.
to try to do more than you are able to do
used to say that there is no need to be afraid of someone, especially someone in authority:
Well go and ask him - he won't bite!
used to ask why someone is annoyed or upset
13 spoken not polite
used to say that you dislike someone or something very much or think that something is very bad
used to say that if you have failed or been hurt once, you will be more careful next time
to harm someone who has helped or supported you
to develop a very strong interest in something