- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to use your teeth to cut into or through something Does your dog bite? Come here! I won't bite! (= you don't need to be afraid) bite into/through something She bit into a ripe, juicy pear. bite somebody/something She was bitten by the family dog. Stop biting your nails! bite off something/sth off He bit off a large chunk of bread./He bit a large chunk of bread off. of insect/snake
- 2 [intransitive, transitive] to wound someone by making a small hole or mark in their skin Most European spiders don't bite. bite somebody We were badly bitten by mosquitoes. of fish
- 3[intransitive] if a fish bites, it takes food from the hook of a fishing line and may get caught accept/believe something
- 4[intransitive] (informal) to accept, believe, etc. something, especially when someone tries hard to persuade you to accept or believe it They tried to sell us a fake Picasso, but we didn’t bite. have effect
- 5[intransitive] to have an unpleasant effect The recession is beginning to bite. be very bad
- 6something bites [intransitive] (slang) (offensive) used to say that something is very bad Let’s leave…this movie really bites! You lost your job? That bites! Idioms
- 1to fail, or to be defeated or destroyed Thousands of small businesses bite the dust every year.
- 2(humorous) to die
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NAmE//baɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bite
he / she / it bites
past simple bit
past participle bitten
-ing form biting
to develop a strong interest in, or enthusiasm for, something He's been bitten by the travel bug.
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to start to deal with an unpleasant or difficult situation which cannot be avoided I wasn't happy with the way my career was going, so I decided to bite the bullet and look for another job. From the custom of giving soldiers a bullet to bite on during a medical operation without anesthetic.
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bite the dust (informal)jump to other results
to harm someone who has helped you or supported you
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to shout at someone in an angry way, especially without reason
bite/snap somebody's head off (informal)jump to other results
to stop yourself from saying something or from showing an emotion
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to try to do too much, or something that is too difficult
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to stop yourself from saying something that might upset someone or cause an argument, although you want to speak I didn't believe her explanation, but I bit my tongue.
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used when someone says something stupid or embarrassing and immediately wishes they had not said it
I/he/she could have bitten my/his/her tongue out/offjump to other results
after an unpleasant experience you are careful to avoid something similar Phrasal Verbsbite back (at somebody/something)bite somethingbackbite into something
once bitten, twice shy (saying)jump to other results