bite (one's) head off

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bite (one's) head off

To respond to someone with anger that is often sudden or unprovoked. What's wrong with the boss today? I just tried to ask him a question, and he totally bit my head off!
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bite someone's head off

Fig. to speak sharply and with great anger to someone. (Fixed order.) Don't bite my head off! Be patient. I'm very sorry I lost my tempter. I didn't mean to bite your head off.
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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.
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bite someone's head off

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snap someone's head off

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If someone bites your head off or snaps your head off, they speak to you in an unpleasant, angry way, because they are annoyed about something. And don't bite my head off just because you're fed up! I don't know what's wrong with Julia but she snapped my head off just now.
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bite (or snap) someone's head off

reply sharply and brusquely to someone.
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bite/snap somebody’s ˈhead off

(informal) speak to somebody angrily without good reason: He was only making a suggestion — there’s no need to snap his head off!
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bite (someone's) head off

To respond to a comment in an angry or reproachful way.
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References in classic literature ?
You make one bite your head off, when one wants to be soothing beyond everything.
Your bull terrier is not advisable as a partner unless it is particularly friendly and will not bite your head off.
Karoline (with a K) has finally turned into the bitch troll from hell we all feared, and will bite your head off as soon as look at your draft press release.
She must be missing her son and, if you offer friendship, with a little luck she won't bite your head off and you can start afresh.
He may be a pussycat to wife Lydia - but to everyone else he's a tiger, as likely to bite your head off as look at you.
Ruby Wax, despite her funny nature, sounds as if she could bite your head off at 20 paces.