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bite vb.: “bite the” (or “one's) lip” for the purpose of restraining anger or agitation Shr. II. i. 243, H8 III. ii. 114, Troil. III. iii. 256; “bite the thumb at,” to defy ‘by putting the thumbe naile into the mouth, and with a ierke from the upper teeth make it to knack’ (Cotgr.) Rom. I. i. 56; “bite one's tongue,” to be silent or speechless 2H6 I. i. 231, 3H6 I. iv. 47, Tit. III. i. 132; “bite by the ear” as a sign of fondness Rom. II. iv. 84; “bite by the nose,” to treat with contempt Meas. III. i. 107.
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