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      vb   , bites, biting, bit, bitten  
1    to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws  
2    (of animals, insects, etc.) to injure by puncturing or tearing (the skin or flesh) with the teeth, fangs, etc., esp. as a natural characteristic  
3    tr   to cut or penetrate, as with a knife  
4    (of corrosive material such as acid) to eat away or into  
5    to smart or cause to smart; sting  
mustard bites the tongue     
6    intr     (Angling)   (of a fish) to take or attempt to take the bait or lure  
7    to take firm hold of or act effectively upon  
8    to grip or hold (a workpiece) with a tool or chuck  
9    (of a screw, thread, etc.) to cut into or grip (an object, material, etc.)  
10    tr  
Informal   to annoy or worry  
what's biting her?     
11    often passive  
Slang   to cheat  
12    tr; often foll by: for     (Austral. and N.Z.)  
slang   to ask (for); scrounge from  
13    bite off more than one can chew  
Informal   to attempt a task beyond one's capability  
14    bite the bullet   to face up to (pain, trouble, etc.) with fortitude; be stoical  
15    bite someone's head off   to respond harshly and rudely (to)  
16    bite the dust      See       dust       11  
17    bite the hand that feeds one   to repay kindness with injury or ingratitude  
18    once bitten, twice shy   after an unpleasant experience one is cautious in similar situations  
19    put the bite on (someone)     (Austral)  
slang   to ask (someone) for money  
20    the act of biting  
21    a thing or amount bitten off  
22    a wound, bruise, or sting inflicted by biting  
23      (Angling)   an attempt by a fish to take the bait or lure  
24    Informal   an incisive or penetrating effect or quality  
tthat's a question with a bite     
25    a light meal; snack  
26    a cutting, stinging, or smarting sensation  
27    the depth of cut of a machine tool  
28    the grip or hold applied by a tool or chuck to a workpiece  
29      (Dentistry)   the angle or manner of contact between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed naturally  
30    the surface of a file or rasp with cutting teeth  
31    the corrosive action of acid, as on a metal etching plate  
     (Old English bitan; related to Latin findere to split, Sanskrit bhedati he splits)  
   biter             n  

ankle biter  
      n     (Austral)  
slang   a child  
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