bite someone's head off

(redirected from bite someone's nose off)

bite someone's head off

Also, snap someone's head off. Scold or speak very angrily to someone, as in Ask her to step down from the board? She'd bite my head off! The first expression, dating from the mid-1900s, replaced the much earlier bite someone's nose off (16th century); the variant was first recorded in 1886.
See also: bite, head, off
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A TRIO of aggressive beggars, including a man who threatened to bite someone's nose off after being told to move on, have been banned from Newcastle city centre.
A court heard Martin threatened to bite someone's nose off after being asked to move on from outside a business in the city.
Colin Martin threatened to bite someone's nose off after |he was asked to move away from a city centre business
Our translator Dragan breathed a sigh of relief as he told me: "Once I saw him bite someone's nose off - he's an animal.
But Mr Justice Royce said: 'I accept there may be a degree of provocation outside the Colliers but to bite someone's nose off is a very serious matter indeed.