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bite (one's) tongue

verb

  • to restrain one's self, and not say something that one wants to say.
    When the crowd was asked if there were any objections, I had to bite my tongue.

    Last edited on May 06 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Aug 11 2009.

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bite the bullet

verb

  • to stoically endure something unpleasant.
    I may have to bite the bullet and turn myself in to the police.

    Last edited on May 24 2010. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Sep 02 2009.

  • to stop procrastinating.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

    Citation from "Taken sparingly - one at a time", The New Zealand Herald, Adam Gifford, Aug 28 2010 blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.

    Last edited on Jun 29 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Mar 29 2011.

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bite the dog

verb

  • to start drinking alcohol again in the morning to avoid feeling hung-over. Origin: similar to biting a dog before the dog bites you.
    Jon was feeling so hung-over, he had to bite the dog to get his day rolling.

    Last edited on May 06 2011. Submitted by Deeno from Berkeley, CA, USA on Dec 05 2001.

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bite the hand that feeds

verb - transitive

  • to do something bad to someone that takes care of one.

    Last edited on Aug 11 2009. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Aug 11 2009.

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bit rot

noun - uncountable

  • a hypothetical disease that causes programs to run more poorly over time and causes documents to become corrupted. Assuming no actual data loss, bits don't actually rot, but rather assumptions that programs have made will change, as will the editor / viewer programs for documents.

    Last edited on Nov 11 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

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