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bite

 (bīt)
v. bit (bĭt), bit·ten (bĭt′n) or bit, bit·ing, bites
v.tr.
1. To cut, grip, or tear with or as if with the teeth.
2.
a. To pierce the skin of with the teeth, fangs, or mouthparts.
b. To sting with a stinger.
3. To cut into with or as if with a sharp instrument: The axe bit the log deeply.
4. To grip, grab, or seize: bald treads that couldn't bite the icy road; bitten by a sudden desire to travel.
5. To eat into; corrode.
6. To cause to sting or be painful: cold that bites the skin; a conscience bitten by remorse.
v.intr.
1. To grip, cut into, or injure something with or as if with the teeth.
2. To have a stinging effect.
3. To have a sharp taste.
4. To take or swallow bait.
5. To be taken in by a ploy or deception: tried to sell the Brooklyn Bridge, but no one bit.
6. Vulgar Slang To be highly disagreeable or annoying.
n.
1. The act of biting.
2. A skin wound or puncture produced by an animal's teeth or mouthparts: the bite of an insect.
3.
a. A stinging or smarting sensation.
b. An incisive, penetrating quality: the bite of satire.
4. An amount removed by or as if by an act of biting: Rezoning took a bite out of the town's residential area.
5. An excerpt or fragment taken from something larger, such as a film.
6.
a. An amount of food taken into the mouth at one time; a mouthful.
b. Informal A light meal or snack.
7. The act or an instance of taking bait: fished all day without a bite; an ad that got a few bites but no final sales.
8.
a. A secure grip or hold applied by a tool or machine upon a working surface.
b. The part of a tool or machine that presses against and maintains a firm hold on a working surface.
9. Dentistry The angle at which the upper and lower teeth meet; occlusion.
10. The corrosive action of acid upon an etcher's metal plate.
11. Slang An amount of money appropriated or withheld: trying to avoid the tax bite.
Idioms:
bite off more than (one) can chew
To decide or agree to do more than one can finally accomplish.
bite (someone's) head off
To respond to a comment in an angry or reproachful way.
bite the bullet Slang
To face a painful situation bravely and stoically.
bite the dust Slang
1. To fall dead, especially in combat.
2. To be defeated.
3. To come to an end.
bite the hand that feeds (one)
To repay generosity or kindness with ingratitude and injury.

[Middle English biten, from Old English bītan; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.]

bit′a·ble, bite′a·ble adj.
bit′er n.

bite

(baɪt)
vb, bites, biting, bit or 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. (Angling) (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. (Mechanical Engineering) to grip or hold (a workpiece) with a tool or chuck
9. (Mechanical Engineering) (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. slang (often foll by: for) Austral and NZ 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 dust11
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 slang Austral to ask someone for money
n
20. the act of biting
21. a thing or amount bitten off
22. a wound, bruise, or sting inflicted by biting
23. (Angling) angling an attempt by a fish to take the bait or lure
24. informal an incisive or penetrating effect or quality: that's a question with a bite.
25. a light meal; snack
26. a cutting, stinging, or smarting sensation
27. (Tools) the depth of cut of a machine tool
28. (Mechanical Engineering) the grip or hold applied by a tool or chuck to a workpiece
29. (Dentistry) dentistry the angle or manner of contact between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed naturally
30. (Tools) the surface of a file or rasp with cutting teeth
31. (Art Terms) the corrosive action of acid, as on a metal etching plate
[Old English bītan; related to Latin findere to split, Sanskrit bhedati he splits]
ˈbiter n

bite

(baɪt)

v. bit, bit•ten bit, bit•ing, v.t.
1. to cut, wound, or tear with the teeth.
2. to sever with the teeth (often fol. by off).
3. to grip with the teeth.
4. to sting, as an insect.
5. to cause to sting: faces bitten by the icy wind.
6. Informal.
a. to cheat; deceive: bitten in a mail-order swindle.
b. to annoy or upset: What's biting you?
7. to eat into; corrode.
8. to cut or pierce with or as if with a weapon.
9. to take firm hold of: a clamp to bite the wood.
10. to make an impression on; affect.
v.i.
11. to press the teeth into something; attack with the jaws, bill, sting, etc.
12. (of fish) to take the bait.
13. to accept a deceptive offer or suggestion.
14. to take a firm hold.
n.
15. the act of biting.
16. a wound made by biting.
17. a cutting, stinging, or nipping effect.
18. a piece bitten off.
19. a small meal.
20. a morsel of food.
21. an exacted portion: the tax bite.
22. the occlusion of the teeth.
23. a short excerpt, fragment, or bit: a visual bite from a film; word bites from poems.
24.
a. the catch or hold that one object or one part of a mechanical apparatus has on another.
b. a surface brought into contact to obtain a hold or grip, as in a lathe chuck.
25. sharpness; incisiveness.
26. the roughness of the surface of a file.
Idioms:
1. bite off more than one can chew, to attempt something that exceeds one's capacity.
2. bite one's lip or tongue, to repress one's anger or other emotions.
3. bite someone's head off, to respond with anger or impatience to someone's question or comment.
4. bite the hand that feeds one, to repay kindness with malice or injury.
5. put the bite on, Slang. to try to borrow or extort money from.
[before 1000; Middle English, Old English bītan; c. Old High German bīzan, Gothic beitan; akin to Latin findere to split]
bit′a•ble, bite′a•ble, adj.

Bite

 a piece bitten off; a mouthful, 1535; Thieves’ cant. cash or money.
Example: a bite of mites (modern pun).

bite

When a person or animal bites something, they use their teeth to cut into it or through it. The past tense of bite is bit. The past participle is bitten.

My dog bit me.
You are quite liable to get bitten by an eel.

sting

bite
1. 'sting'

Sting is usually a verb. Its past tense and -ed participle is stung.

If a creature such as a bee, wasp, or scorpion stings you, it pricks your skin and pushes poison into your body.

Bees do not normally sting without being provoked.
Felipe had been stung by a wasp.
2. 'bite'

Don't say that a mosquito or ant 'stings' you. You say that it bites you. The past tense and -ed participle of bite are bit and bitten.

A mosquito landed on my arm and bit me.
An ant had bitten her on the foot.

You also say that a snake bites you.

In Britain you are very unlikely to get bitten by a snake.

bite


Past participle: bitten
Gerund: biting

Imperative
bite
bite
Present
I bite
you bite
he/she/it bites
we bite
you bite
they bite
Preterite
I bit
you bit
he/she/it bit
we bit
you bit
they bit
Present Continuous
I am biting
you are biting
he/she/it is biting
we are biting
you are biting
they are biting
Present Perfect
I have bitten
you have bitten
he/she/it has bitten
we have bitten
you have bitten
they have bitten
Past Continuous
I was biting
you were biting
he/she/it was biting
we were biting
you were biting
they were biting
Past Perfect
I had bitten
you had bitten
he/she/it had bitten
we had bitten
you had bitten
they had bitten
Future
I will bite
you will bite
he/she/it will bite
we will bite
you will bite
they will bite
Future Perfect
I will have bitten
you will have bitten
he/she/it will have bitten
we will have bitten
you will have bitten
they will have bitten
Future Continuous
I will be biting
you will be biting
he/she/it will be biting
we will be biting
you will be biting
they will be biting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been biting
you have been biting
he/she/it has been biting
we have been biting
you have been biting
they have been biting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been biting
you will have been biting
he/she/it will have been biting
we will have been biting
you will have been biting
they will have been biting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been biting
you had been biting
he/she/it had been biting
we had been biting
you had been biting
they had been biting
Conditional
I would bite
you would bite
he/she/it would bite
we would bite
you would bite
they would bite
Past Conditional
I would have bitten
you would have bitten
he/she/it would have bitten
we would have bitten
you would have bitten
they would have bitten
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bite - a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a personbite - a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person
dog bite - a bite inflicted by a dog
snakebite - a bite inflicted by a (venomous) snake
wound, lesion - an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)
2.bite - a small amount of solid foodbite - a small amount of solid food; a mouthful; "all they had left was a bit of bread"
mouthful, taste - a small amount eaten or drunk; "take a taste--you'll like it"
chaw, chew, cud, plug, quid, wad - a wad of something chewable as tobacco
crumb - small piece of e.g. bread or cake
sop, sops - piece of solid food for dipping in a liquid
3.bite - a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skinbite - a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin
harm, hurt, injury, trauma - any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
bee sting - a sting inflicted by a bee
flea bite - sting inflicted by a flea
mosquito bite - a sting inflicted by a mosquito
4.bite - a light informal mealbite - a light informal meal    
meal, repast - the food served and eaten at one time
refreshment - snacks and drinks served as a light meal
nosh - (Yiddish) a snack or light meal
coffee break, tea break - a snack taken during a break in the work day; "a ten-minute coffee break"; "the British have tea breaks"
5.bite - (angling) an instance of a fish taking the baitbite - (angling) an instance of a fish taking the bait; "after fishing for an hour he still had not had a bite"
fishing, sportfishing - the act of someone who fishes as a diversion
success - an event that accomplishes its intended purpose; "let's call heads a success and tails a failure"; "the election was a remarkable success for the Whigs"
6.bite - wit having a sharp and caustic quality; "he commented with typical pungency"; "the bite of satire"
humor, wit, witticism, wittiness, humour - a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
7.bite - a strong odor or taste propertybite - a strong odor or taste property; "the pungency of mustard"; "the sulfurous bite of garlic"; "the sharpness of strange spices"; "the raciness of the wine"
spicery, spiciness, spice - the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored
8.bite - the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jawsbite - the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
eating, feeding - the act of consuming food
munch - a large bite; "he tried to talk between munches on the sandwich"
nibble - gentle biting
pinch, nip - a small sharp bite or snip
9.bite - a portion removed from the wholebite - a portion removed from the whole; "the government's weekly bite from my paycheck"
subtraction, deduction - the act of subtracting (removing a part from the whole); "he complained about the subtraction of money from their paychecks"
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
Verb1.bite - to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jawsbite - to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws; "Gunny invariably tried to bite her"
grip - hold fast or firmly; "He gripped the steering wheel"
gnaw - bite or chew on with the teeth; "gnaw an old cracker"
bite off, snap at - bite off with a quick bite; "The dog snapped off a piece of cloth from the intruder's pants"
snap - bring the jaws together; "he snapped indignantly"
nibble - bite gently; "The woman tenderly nibbled at her baby's ear"
nip - give a small sharp bite to; "The Queen's corgis always nip at her staff's ankles"
nibble - bite off very small pieces; "She nibbled on her cracker"
bite off, snap at - bite off with a quick bite; "The dog snapped off a piece of cloth from the intruder's pants"
2.bite - cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfortbite - cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; "The sun burned his face"
nettle, urticate - sting with or as with nettles and cause a stinging pain or sensation
burn - feel hot or painful; "My eyes are burning"
hurt, smart, ache - be the source of pain
3.bite - penetrate or cut, as with a knifebite - penetrate or cut, as with a knife; "The fork bit into the surface"
pierce - make a hole into; "The needle pierced her flesh"
4.bite - deliver a sting tobite - deliver a sting to; "A bee stung my arm yesterday"
pierce - make a hole into; "The needle pierced her flesh"

bite

verb
1. nip, cut, tear, wound, grip, snap, crush, rend, pierce, champ, pinch, chew, crunch, clamp, nibble, gnaw, masticate Llamas won't bite or kick.
2. sting, wound, prick We were all badly bitten by mosquitoes.
3. take effect, work, be effective, take hold, come into force, produce results, have the desired effect, become operative As the sanctions begin to bite there will be more difficulties.
4. eat, burn, smart, sting, erode, tingle, eat away, corrode, wear away nylon biting into the flesh
5. take the bait, be lured, be enticed, rise to the bait The fish stopped biting.
noun
1. nibble, taste, peck, munch, gnaw He took another bite of the apple.
2. snack, food, piece, taste, refreshment, mouthful, morsel, titbit, light meal a bite to eat
3. wound, sting, pinch, nip, prick The boy had suffered a snake bite but he made a quick recovery.
4. chill, nip, sharpness, coolness, coldness, rawness, crispness There was a bite in the air, a smell perhaps of snow.
5. edge, interest, force, punch (informal), sting, zest, sharpness, keenness, pungency, incisiveness, acuteness The novel seems to lack bite and tension.
6. kick (informal), edge, punch (informal), spice, relish, zest, tang, sharpness, piquancy, pungency, spiciness I'd have preferred a bit more bite and not so much sugar.

bite

verb
1. To seize, as food, with the teeth:
2. To consume gradually, as by chemical reaction or friction:
3. To feel or cause to feel a sensation of heat or discomfort:
noun
1. A cutting quality:
2. Informal. A small portion of food:
3. A light meal:
Translations
عَضَّةعضعَضَّه، قَضْمَـهقِطْعَه، شَقْفَه، لُقْمَـهيَعَضُّ
kousatkousnutísoustoštípatštípnutí
bidbide
mordi
puraisupurrasyödäpuremahaukata
gristigrizugristi
harapharapáskapásmarmegharap
gigit
bitbítanart
かむかむこと
물다한 입 베어 물기
geliantisįkandimasįkąstikąstikibimas
dzēliensdzeltiedzeltiekostkodiens
braťpohrýzťzahryznutie
gristiugrizugriznitigrižljajpičiti
bettbitastick
กัดรอยกัด
cắnmiếng cắn

bite

[baɪt] (bit (vb: pt) (bitten (pp)))
A. N
1. (= act) → mordisco m; (= wound) [of dog, snake etc] → mordedura f; [of insect] → picadura f; (= toothmark) → dentellada f
to take a bite atmorder
the dog took a bite at himel perro intentó morderlo
to take a bite out of [+ apple etc] → dar un mordisco a (esp US) (fig) [+ savings, budget] → llevarse un pellizco de
he wants another or a second bite at the cherryquiere otra oportunidad, quiere probar otra vez
to put the bite on sb (US) → hacer cerrar el pico a algn
2. [of food] → bocado m
I've not had a bite to eatno he probado bocado
do you fancy a bite (to eat)?¿te apetece algo (de comer)?
I'll get a bite (to eat) on the traintomaré algo en el tren
3. (Fishing) are you getting any bites?¿están picando?
4. (fig) (= sharpness) → mordacidad f; [of food, drink] → fuerza f
a novel with biteuna novela mordaz
a speech with biteun discurso mordaz or incisivo
without any bitesin garra
there's a bite in the airhace un frío cortante
B. VT
1. [dog, person] → morder; [bird, fish, insect] → picar
it won't bite (you)!¡no te va a morder!, ¡no muerde!
to bite sth in twopartir algo en dos de un mordisco
to bite one's nailscomerse or morderse las uñas
what's biting you?¿qué mosca te ha picado?
to get bitten (= be cheated) → dejarse timar
to be bitten with the desire to do sthtener el gusanillo de hacer algo
to bite the bulletenfrentarse al toro
to bite the dust (= die) → morder el polvo; (= fail) → venirse abajo
it's the old story of biting the hand that feeds youya sabes "cría cuervos (y te sacarán los ojos)"
to bite one's lip or tonguemorderse la lengua
once bitten twice shyel gato escaldado del agua fría huye
2. [acid] → corroer (Mech) → asir, trabar
C. VI
1. [dog, person] → morder; [insect, fish] → picar
to bite attratar de morder
2. (fig) [cuts, inflation etc] → hacerse sentir
the strike is beginning to bitela huelga empieza a hacer mella
bite back
A. VT + ADV [+ words] → dejar sin decir, tragarse
B. VI + ADV the dog bit backel perro mordió a su vez
bite into VI + PREP [person] → meter los dientes en; [acid] → corroer
bite off VT + ADVarrancar con los dientes
to bite off more than one can chewabarcar demasiado
to bite sb's head offechar una bronca a algn
bite on VI + PREPmorder
bite through VI + PREP [+ string, thread] → cortar con los dientes; [+ tip, one's tongue] → morderse
he fell and bit through his tonguese cayó y se mordió la lengua

bite

[ˈbaɪt] [bit] [ˈbɪt] (pt) [bitten] [ˈbɪtən] (pp)
vt [person, animal, snake] → mordre; [mosquito] → piquer
I got bitten by mosquitoes → Je me suis fait piquer par des moustiques.
to bite one's nails → se ronger les ongles
to bite one's lip, to bite one's tongue (= keep quiet) → tenir sa langue
to bite the hand that feeds you → cracher dans la soupe
to bite sb's head off → rembarrer qn
vi
[person, animal, snake] → mordre; [mosquito] → piquer
(= take bait) [fish] → mordre (à l'hameçon)
(= take effect) [sanctions, recession] → se faire sentir
n [dog, snake, person] → morsure f
(= insect bite) → piqûre f
(= mouthful) → bouchée f
to take a bite of sth → prendre une bouchée de qch
Do you want a bite?
BUT Tu en veux un peu?.
to have a bite to eat → manger un morceau
Let's have a bite to eat → Mangeons un morceau., Mangeons quelque chose.
to take a bite out of [+ savings] → faire un trou dans; [+ profits] → réduirebite-sized [ˈbaɪtsaɪzd] bite-size [ˈbaɪtsaɪz] adj [piece of food] → petit(e); [article, part] → mini-, miniature

bite

vb: pret <bit>, ptp <bitten>
n
Biss m; in two bitesmit zwei Bissen; he took a bite (out) of the appleer biss in den Apfel; to get a second or another bite at the cherry (fig)eine zweite Chance bekommen
(= wound etc) (= dog, snake, flea bite etc)Biss m; (= insect bite)Stich m; (= love bite)(Knutsch)fleck m (inf)
(Fishing) I think I’ve got a biteich glaube, es hat einer angebissen
(of food)Happen m; there’s not a bite to eates ist überhaupt nichts zu essen da; come and have a bitekomm und iss ’ne Kleinigkeit; do you fancy a bite (to eat)?möchten Sie etwas essen?
there’s a bite in the aires ist beißend kalt; the bite of the windder beißend kalte Wind
(of file, saw) the file has lost its bitedie Feile ist stumpf geworden; these screws don’t have enough bitediese Schrauben greifen or fassen nicht richtig
(of sauce etc)Schärfe f
vt
(person, dog)beißen; (insect)stechen; to bite one’s nailsan seinen Nägeln kauen; to bite one’s tongue/lip (lit, fig)sich (dat)auf die Zunge/Lippen beißen; the trapeze artist bites the rope between her teethdie Trapezkünstlerin hält das Seil mit den Zähnen fest; don’t worry, he won’t bite you (fig inf)keine Angst, er wird dich schon nicht beißen (inf); to bite the dust (inf)dran glauben müssen (inf); he had been bitten by the travel/music bugihn hatte das Reisefieber/das Musikfieber erwischt (inf); once bitten twice shy (Prov) → (ein) gebranntes Kind scheut das Feuer (Prov); to bite the hand that feeds you (prov) → sich (dat)ins eigene Fleisch schneiden; what’s biting you? (fig inf)was ist mit dir los? (inf), → was hast du denn?
(cold, frost, wind)schneiden in (+dat)
(file, saw)schneiden in (+acc); (acid)ätzen
(inf: = swindle) I’ve been bittenich bin reingelegt worden (inf)
vi
(dog etc)beißen; (insects)stechen
(fish, fig inf) → anbeißen
(cold, frost, wind)beißen, schneiden
(wheels)fassen, greifen; (saw, anchor)fassen; (screw)greifen

bite

[baɪt] (bit (vb: pt) (bitten (pp)))
1. n
a. (act) → morso; (wound, of dog, snake) → morsicatura; (of insect) → puntura
to take a bite at → dare un morso a, addentare
b. (of food) → boccone m
there's not a bite to eat → non c'è niente da mettere sotto i denti
do you fancy a bite (to eat)? → ti va di mangiare qualcosa?
c. (Fishing) he didn't get a single bitenon ha abboccato neanche un pesce
2. vt (gen) → mordere; (subj, dog) → morsicare, mordere; (insect) → pungere
to bite one's nails → mangiarsi le unghie
once bitten twice shy → una volta scottati...
to bite the hand that feeds you (fig) → sputare nel piatto in cui si mangia
to bite the dust (die) → lasciarci la pelle
3. vi
a. (dog) → mordere; (insect) → pungere
b. (fish) → abboccare
c. (fig) (policy, action) → farsi sentire
bite back vt + advtrattenersi dal dire
bite into vi + prep (subj, person) → addentare, dare un morso a; (acid) → intaccare
bite off vt + advstaccare con un morso
to bite off more than one can chew (fig) → fare il passo più lungo della gamba
to bite sb's head off (fig) → aggredire (verbalmente) qn
bite through vt + advtagliare con i denti

bite

(bait) past tense bit (bit) : past participle bitten (ˈbitn) verb
to seize, grasp or tear (something) with the teeth or jaws. The dog bit his leg; He was bitten by a mosquito.
noun
1. an act of biting or the piece or place bitten. a bite from the apple; a mosquito bite.
2. the nibble of a fish on the end of one's line. I've been fishing for hours without a bite.
ˈbiting adjective
1. very cold and causing discomfort. a biting wind.
2. wounding or hurtful. a biting remark.
bite the dust
to fail; to be unsuccessful. That's another scheme that's bitten the dust.

bite

عَضَّة, يَعَضُّ kousnout, kousnutí bid, bide Biss, kauen δάγκωμα, δαγκώνω morder, mordisco puraisu, purra mordre, morsure gristi, griz mordere, morso かむ, かむこと 물다, 한 입 베어 물기 bijten, hapje bite, bitt pogryźć, ukąszenie dentada, morder, mordida кусать, укус bett, bita กัด, รอยกัด ısırma, ısırmak cắn, miếng cắn 一口,

bite

n. mordida, picadura; [snake] mordida de serpiente; [insect] picadura;
___ blockbloque de ___;
___ rimreborde de la ___;
___ testinganálisis de la ___;
vt. morder, picar.

bite

n (of food) bocado; (wound) mordedura; (of an insect) picadura; (dent) mordida; vt, vi (pret bit; pp bitten o bit) morder; (insect) picar; Bite down.. Apriete los dientes; to — one’s nails comerse or morderse las uñas
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She had the dream three times, then she became in the family way to the one who said noth- ing at all but who in the moment of his passion actually did bite her shoulder so that for days the marks of his teeth showed.
Why the mosquitoes there bite holes in you--raise bumps on you as big as eggs.
I tried to go to sleep, but the jolting made me bite my tongue, and I soon began to ache all over.
It was now Heyward's turn to bite his lip with vexation as the other so coolly alluded to a force which the young man knew to be overrated.
Crack all your backbones, and bite your knives in two -- that's all.
And I'm thinking Moby Dick doesn't bite so much as he swallows.
Sometimes we had rather rough play, for they would frequently bite and kick as well as gallop.
Like as not there would come a rush of cattle at the very end of the day, which the men would have to dispose of before they went home, often working by electric light till nine or ten, or even twelve or one o'clock, and without a single instant for a bite of supper.
I'll be boun' Missis'll give us an uncommon good bite, dis yer time.
It was one anchorite's pride to lie naked in the mud and let the insects bite him and blister him unmolested; it was another's to lean against a rock, all day long, conspicuous to the admiration of the throng of pilgrims and pray; it was another's to go naked and crawl around on all fours; it was another's to drag about with him, year in and year out, eighty pounds of iron; it was another's to never lie down when he slept, but to stand among the thorn-bushes and snore when there were pilgrims around to look; a woman, who had the white hair of age, and no other apparel, was black from crown to heel with forty-seven years of holy abstinence from water.
If you stir - if you so much as wink - for four whole minutes, I'll bite you
The chamois is a black or brown creature no bigger than a mustard seed; you do not have to go after it, it comes after you; it arrives in vast herds and skips and scampers all over your body, inside your clothes; thus it is not shy, but extremely sociable; it is not afraid of man, on the contrary, it will attack him; its bite is not dangerous, but neither is it pleasant; its activity has not been overstated --if you try to put your finger on it, it will skip a thousand times its own length at one jump, and no eye is sharp enough to see where it lights.