verb (used with object), bit, bit·ten or bit, bit·ing.
- to take advantage of; cheat; deceive: I got bitten in a mail-order swindle.
- to annoy or upset; anger: What's biting you, sorehead?
verb (used without object), bit, bit·ten or bit, bit·ing.
- the catch or hold that one object or one part of a mechanical apparatus has on another.
- a surface brought into contact to obtain a hold or grip, as in a lathe chuck or similar device.
- the amount of material that a mechanical shovel or the like can carry at one time.
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Idioms for bite
- to solicit or attempt to borrow money or something of value from.
- to press for money, as in extortion: They found out about his prison record and began to put the bite on him.
Origin of bite
OTHER WORDS FROM bitebit·a·ble, bite·a·ble, adjective
Words nearby bite
Example sentences from the Web for bite
If I’m looking at an enterprise size ecommerce site, I like to approach this in bite size pieces rather than tackling the entire site at the same time.How search data can inform larger online business decisions|Sebastian Compagnucci|August 5, 2020|Search Engine Land
The discovery raises the possibility that caecilians may be the first amphibians found capable of delivering a venomous bite.Bizarre caecilians may be the only amphibians with venomous bites|Christie Wilcox|July 3, 2020|Science News
Scientists waiting with forceps and a razor on a lab rooftop tried to mimic bee activity in real time, bite by bite, on comparison plants.
Ancient relatives of today’s anchovies once had quite the bite.Saber-toothed anchovy relatives were once fearsome hunters|Carolyn Wilke|June 11, 2020|Science News For Students
People really need to understand that they need to do something, do it regularly, and it’s okay to take it in small bites.
Leapolitan responded by saying, “hopefully youll [sic] bite into a poison apple.”
One bite too many, and I could look down and practically see my thighs expanding before my eyes.
Taking a bite out of it made me feel like I was at a family bris… in a good, nostalgic way.
She has this little bit of a bite to her and a fight within her that does come through in little moments.
As soon as she took a bite of the apple, she fell to the ground and was dead.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her|The Brothers Grimm|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was as a poison flowing in his veins and giving him an impulse to bite like a mad dog.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.|Guy de Maupassant
Yet she looked again at his shack, with her lower lip in the bite of her teeth.The Peace of Roaring River|George van Schaick
How can a sheep dog work a flock of sheep unless he can bite occasionally as well as bark?The Way of All Flesh|Samuel Butler
Things are beginning to bite me again, great horrid things of all kinds.A Journal from Japan|Marie Carmichael Stopes
Of snakes there are two or three sorts: but whether the bite of any of them be mortal, or even venomous, is somewhat doubtful.A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson|Watkin Tench
British Dictionary definitions for bite
verb bites, biting, bit or bitten
Derived forms of bitebiter, noun
Word Origin for bite
Medical definitions for bite
Idioms and Phrases with bite
In addition to the idioms beginning with bite
- bite off more than one can chew
- bite one's nails
- bite one's tongue
- bite someone's head off
- bite the bullet
- bite the dust
- bite the hand that feeds you
- bark is worse than one's bite
- put the bite on
- sound bite