bite off

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Related to bite off: bite someone's head off
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bite off - bite off with a quick bitebite off - bite off with a quick bite; "The dog snapped off a piece of cloth from the intruder's pants"
bite, seize with teeth - to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws; "Gunny invariably tried to bite her"
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w>bite off

vt sepabbeißen; he won’t bite your head off (inf)er wird dir schon nicht den Kopf abreißen; to bite off more than one can chew (prov) → sich (dat)zu viel zumuten
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
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After I got the knife away, he tried to bite off my nose."
When dey do not bite off your thumbs dey are always dying from nostalgia-homesick-for dey haf der imperfect soul, which is midway arrested in defelopment-und too much Ego.
I know some o' you has berry brig mout, brigger dan oders; but den de brig mouts sometimes has de small bellies; so dat de brigness ob de mout is not to swallar wid, but to bite off de blubber for de small fry ob sharks, dat can't get into de scrouge to help demselves.

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