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bite

v. 1. [DHS idem] to swindle; to deceive in trading. (White)

2. [Car.; in many Bantu languages, the words for 'bite' and 'sting' are identical, e.g. Kongo -tatika (Carter p.c.)] (of wasps and other stinging insects) to sting. (Gen.)

3. [Car., to hurt (of stomach) DJE; OED obs. → 1637] of the stomach: to growl with hunger: My gut bitin' me (Mayag., Inagua; White)

You get bite phr. an expression of glee at someone else's humiliation: Two boys are standing outside a supermarket. Joe says to Bill, "Da's a rich lady. I gon aks 'er fer quarter an' she gon gimmuh dollar." The lady says she has no money left. Bill says to Joe, "Y' get bite, hey?" (Dupuch p.c.). (Black)

Tags: idiom, phrase, verb

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Last update: 2010-09-05 00:13
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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