bite off

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "bite off":
present tense I/you/we/they bite off he/she/it bites off past tense bit off past participle bitten off
1) to separate something from the main part by biting

I bit off a chunk of chocolate.

2) bite off more than you can chew to try to do too much or something that is too hard for you

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English dictionary. 2014.

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  • bite off — verb bite off with a quick bite (Freq. 2) The dog snapped off a piece of cloth from the intruder s pants • Syn: ↑snap at • Hypernyms: ↑bite, ↑seize with teeth • Verb Frames …   Useful english dictionary

  • bite off — v. seize or pierce with the teeth, cut off with the teeth …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bite off more than you can chew — informal : to try to do too much : to take on more responsibility than you can handle I really bit off more than I could chew when I took on this project. • • • Main Entry: ↑bite bite off more than you can chew see ↑bite, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑ch …   Useful english dictionary

  • bite off more than you can chew — If you bite off more than you can chew, you take on more responsibilities than you can manage. Don t bite off more than you can chew is often used to advise people against agreeing to more than they can handle …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • bite off more than you can chew — bite off more than (you) can chew informal to try to do more than you are able to do. Don t bite off more than you can chew. Let someone else organize the party …   New idioms dictionary

  • bite off more than can chew — bite off more than (you) can chew informal to try to do more than you are able to do. Don t bite off more than you can chew. Let someone else organize the party …   New idioms dictionary

  • bite off more than one can chew — {v. phr.}, {informal} To try to do more than you can; be too confident of your ability. * /He bit off more than he could chew when he agreed to edit the paper alone./ * /He started to repair his car himself, but realized that he had bitten off… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bite off more than one can chew — {v. phr.}, {informal} To try to do more than you can; be too confident of your ability. * /He bit off more than he could chew when he agreed to edit the paper alone./ * /He started to repair his car himself, but realized that he had bitten off… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bite off more than one can chew — ► bite off more than one can chew take on a commitment one cannot fulfil. Main Entry: ↑bite …   English terms dictionary

  • bite off more than you can chew —    If you bite off more than you can chew, you take on more responsibilities than you can manage. Don t bite off more than you can chew is often used to advise people against agreeing to more than they can handle.   (Dorking School Dictionary)… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions


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