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bite the biscuit
1. To die, break down, or become defunct. We all have to bite the biscuit someday. I drove that truck everywhere for 25 years, but it finally bit the biscuit yesterday.
2. To face up to, undertake, or confront some unpleasant or risky situation, action, or responsibility. You were the only person here when the television broke, so you might as well bite the biscuit and tell me the truth. I guess we'd better bite the biscuit and get this over with.
have had the biscuit
To be no longer functional or useful; to be dead or about to perish. Primarily heard in Canada. This old truck has served me well, but after lasting 20 years, it's finally had the biscuit. Despite the doctor's best efforts, it looked as though I'd had the biscuit.
take the biscuit
To be the most disappointing, annoying, shocking, outrageous, or egregious thing to have happened or been done. (Usually said hyperbolically.) But when I found out that he had been reading through my text messages, well, that took the biscuit! The government is using the taxes from the working class to bail out the banks that ruined the economy? That really takes the biscuit!
son of a sea biscuit
Euph. a person, usually a male. (sometimes a substitute for son of a bitch.) Why, good to see you, you old son of a sea biscuit. You son of a sea biscuit! You make me so mad I could slug you.
take the biscuitBRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone or something takes the biscuit, they represent the most extreme example of something stupid or bad. For dirty tricks I can assure you it is the medical practice that really take the biscuit. I've heard some odd things in my time but that took the biscuit. This ban takes the biscuit. The whole idea is ridiculous and bureaucratic and not fair on the children. Note: This expression has a similar origin to `take the cake', which refers to the practice in the past of awarding cakes as prizes in competitions. Compare with take the cake.
have had the biscuitbe no longer good for anything; be done for. Canadian informal
1994 Equinox I thought I'd had the biscuit. I was more than 12 kilometres from camp, I didn't have a coat…and it was about 40 below.
take the biscuit (or bun or cake)be the most remarkable. informal
1925 P. G. Wodehouse Letter Of all the poisonous, foul, ghastly places, Cannes takes the biscuit with absurd ease.
take the ˈbiscuit(British English) (also take the ˈcake American English, British English ) (informal) be especially surprising, annoying, etc: Well, that really takes the biscuit! She asks if she can borrow the car, then keeps it for a month!
n. a breaking of wind; a fart. (see also cut a muffin.) Who is responsible for that air biscuit?
n. the head. (see also float an air-biscuit.) She got a nasty little bump on the biscuit.
float an air biscuit
tv. to break wind; to fart. (see also cut a muffin.) Who floated the air biscuit? P.U.
gorilla biscuitsand gorilla pills
n. amphetamines. (Drugs.) Stay away from gorilla biscuits. He’s high on gorilla pills.
n. a chunk of peyote cactus. (Drugs.) Willy thought he got a piece of mystic biscuit, but it was just a moldy raisin.
See also: biscuit
n. a plain, drab, and dull person. Old Roger is a square biscuit and acts like a school marm.