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[sneyk-bit] /ˈsneɪkˌbɪt/
bitten by a snake.
Informal. unlucky; doomed to misfortune.
Also, snakebitten [sneyk-bit-n] /ˈsneɪkˌbɪt n/ (Show IPA). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • To the snake-bitten mare he gave outspoken sympathy, to me his silence.

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
  • "Don't say that," exclaimed the snake-bitten man, struggling to rise.

    The Gold Hunter's Adventures

    William H. Thomes
  • Suddenly he started as if snake-bitten, sat up at his desk and reached for the telephone.

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
  • Your foot cannot be any worse than if you had been snake-bitten, surely, and you and I ought to have as much sense as the dog.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough
Slang definitions & phrases for snake-bitten



Helplessly incapacitated; ineffective: O'Neal seems particularly snake-bitten these days/ I suppose when you're snakebit you feel lousy. And I sure feel lousy (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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