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intransitive and transitive
to use your teeth to cut, crush, or chew something
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
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.
intransitive and transitive
to injure someone by making a hole in their skin
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The new camcorders were withdrawn after consumers failed to bite.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.
bite your tongue
to stop yourself from saying what you really think, even though this is difficult
She should have bitten her tongue.
bite the dust
to die, fail, or be defeated
Italy's championship hopes eventually bit the dust.
bite the bullet
to start dealing with an unpleasant or dangerous situation because you cannot avoid it any longer
I finally bit the bullet and left.
bite off more than you can chew
to try to do more than you are able to do
he/she won't bite
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!
what's biting you/her etc?
used to ask why someone is annoyed or upset
used to say that you dislike someone or something very much or think that something is very bad
once bitten, twice shy
used to say that if you have failed or been hurt once, you will be more careful next time
bite the hand that feeds you
to harm someone who has helped or supported you
be bitten by the showbiz/travel/flying etc bug
to develop a very strong interest in something
➔ bite somebody's head off
bite something ↔ back
to stop yourself from saying or showing what you really think
Tamar bit back the retort which sprang to her lips.
to react strongly and angrily to something
bite back at
Determined to bite back at car thieves, he wired his car to an electric fence.
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