1. [late 16C–1920s] to cheat, to deceive; thus bitten, deceived, hoaxed; biting, cheating or deceiving.
2. [late 16C–mid-19C] to rob, to steal; thus bit/bitten, robbed, stolen; biting, robbing, stealing.
3. [17C+] (also bite on) to ‘fall for’, to ‘take the bait’.
4. [17C+] to worry, to annoy, to irritate; often ext. as bite one’s ass.
5. [late 18C–early 19C] to overreach, to impose.
6. [mid-19C+] (Aus./US) to cadge or borrow from, usu. money; thus bitten.
7. [1910s+] to be objectionable, distasteful, unpleasant; thus as n., a disparaging person.
8. [1920s] (US black) to deceive sexually [underpinned by SE backbite].
9. [1940s] to pressurize, to blackmail.
10. [1940s+] (US gay) to fellate.
11. [1970s+] (rap music) to plagiarize lyrics; thus biting, copying another artist; similarly used by graffiti artists.
12. [1980s+] (US campus, also bite off, bite on) to copy, e.g. a suit of clothes.
see sense 11 above.
1. see sense 2 above.
2. see sense 11 above.
[late 17C–early 18C] to accomplish a major theft.
[1930s] (Aus.) subjected to as much begging and cadging as a place and its population will tolerate.
[18C] a swindler, a confidence trickster.
[1940s+] (Aus.) demanding money, either as payments, loans or bribes.
1. [late 16C–18C] a wretched, miserable person; thus sheep-biting.
2. [17C–early 18C] a womanizer; thus sheep-biting [plays on mutton n. (1b)].
3. [mid-18C] a sheep-stealer.
[early 18C] a horse-thief.
[late 19C+] what’s the matter? what’s the problem?
SE in slang uses
[late 19C–1900s] hunger, appetite.
[1930s] a quarrel.
[1950s] (US gay) the anal sphincter in the context of intercourse.
see separate entry.
[1960s] (US gay) to lie on one’s stomach.
1. [1960s+] to die.
2. [2000s] to trip, to fall.
[mid-19C+] (US) to restrain oneself, to stop talking.
[1970s] (US) to pause before making too precipitate a decision.
[mid–late 17C] to become very drunk.
[1950s+] (drugs) to smoke marijuana.
[1960s–70s] (US gay) for one homosexual man to use mutually recognizable coded gestures to indicate his interest to another.
[mid-19C] to drink heavily.
[late 16C–1900s] to make a gesture of contempt or of threat.
[14C–early 19C] to be in reduced circumstances, to be impoverished.
[1940s] (US) to suffer in silence.
see under eat shit v. (3)
see under crank n.3
see under ear n.1
see chew someone’s ear v. (1)
see under name n.
[late 19C+] to attack verbally.
1. [1950s+] (US) to be very unsatisfactory; esp. as imper. excl. of dismissal, disapproval or contempt.
2. [1970s] (US campus) to be quiet, usu. as imper.
see under big one n.
see under bone n.1
1. [late 19C+] to suffer in silence.
2. [1910s+] to do what is necessary, however unappealing.
see under dust n.
see under banana n.
[20C+] to injure a benefactor, to act ungratefully.
see under peter n.3
see under roger n.3
[1980s] to be third-rate.
see under draw a/the wiper under wiper n.
[1970s+] (US) an anxiety-provoking situation, esp. a close contest.
[1950s+] (US) the amount of tax one has to pay on a sum of money or salary cheque.
[1980s+] (US campus) an expression of commiseration.
see separate entry.
[1940s+] (US) an excl. of aggressive dismissal.
[1980s+] (US campus) a general derog./dismissive excl.
[1980s+] (US) an excl. of dismissal.
[1970s+] (US teen) an excl. of dismissal, ‘go to hell!’.
see under weenie n.1
[1950s+] (US) a general derog. excl.
see under bum n.1