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Definition of bite verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    bite

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//baɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bite
     
    he / she / it bites
     
    past simple bit
     
    past participle bitten
     
    -ing form biting
     
     
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    use teeth
  1. 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.
  2. of insect/snake
  3. 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.
  4. of fish
  5. 3[intransitive] if a fish bites, it takes food from the hook of a fishing line and may get caught
  6. accept/believe something
  7. 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.
  8. have effect
  9. 5[intransitive] to have an unpleasant effect The recession is beginning to bite.
  10. be very bad
  11. 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!
  12. Idioms
    be bitten by something
     
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    to develop a strong interest in, or enthusiasm for, something He's been bitten by the travel bug.
    bite the bullet (informal)
     
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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.
      bite the dust (informal)
       
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    1. 1to fail, or to be defeated or destroyed Thousands of small businesses bite the dust every year.
    2. 2(humorous) to die
    bite the hand that feeds you
     
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    to harm someone who has helped you or supported you
    bite/snap somebody's head off (informal)
     
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    to shout at someone in an angry way, especially without reason
    bite your lip
     
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    to stop yourself from saying something or from showing an emotion
    bite off more than you can chew
     
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    to try to do too much, or something that is too difficult
    bite your tongue
     
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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.
    I/he/she could have bitten my/his/her tongue out/off
     
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    used when someone says something stupid or embarrassing and immediately wishes they had not said it
    once bitten, twice shy (saying)
     
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    after an unpleasant experience you are careful to avoid something similar
    Phrasal Verbsbite back (at somebody/something)bite somethingbackbite into something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bite