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What's biting somebody?

something that you say in order to ask why someone is in a bad mood What's biting her? She hasn't said a word all morning.


a nail-biting event or period of time makes you feel very nervous, usually because you are waiting for something important to happen (always before noun) The teams were very evenly matched and played a close game right up to the nail-biting finish.
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Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Catalan Dmitri Shostakovich's tragic and bitingly satiric opera, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, is one of the greatest operas of the 20th century, and this sizzling and steamy production from the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona attests to that fact.
And it is true that in winter it is sometimes so bitingly cold that one is tempted to say, 'What do I care if there is a summer; its warmth is no help to me now.
Another story that unfolds in a fragmentary and bitingly "realist" framework is Emma Unsworth's "Doppelganger.
Yet in sharp contrast to Out of America, Keith Richburg's bitingly pessimistic account of his years as an African- American correspondent covering the Rwandan genocide and clan warfare in Somalia, French, also an African American, sees Africa as a continent still dense with possibility.
Only Skin Deep presents many famous images, from Dorothea Lange's iconic Depression era tableau Migrant Mother to Gordon Parks's bitingly ironic American Gothic, a portrait of a downtrodden government charwoman with her mop and broom, to Charles Moore's harrowing shots of civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, Alabama, being pummeled by water canons.
Before the kick-off Burnley held a Parade of Legends featuring such ex-greats as Jimmy McIlroy and Martin Dobson but they must have left under-whelmed as this match never got going on a bitingly cold afternoon.
Anguillans, Naipaul bitingly remarks, "are not well-educated.
Nearby, a marquee houses an `Art against Corruption' exhibition of posters, photos and bitingly satirical cartoons.
He has been bitingly cruel in his character assassination of Winston Churchill, hostile in his attitude towards the British, and not very enthusiastic about the Americans' contribution to the overall conduct of pre-war and post-war situations in Europe and the Pacific.
A poignant, searing, and often bitingly funny collection of personal essays by almost two dozen writers--John Berendt, Brad Gooch, Allan Gurganus, and Sarah Schulman among them--the book remembers over 20 creative artists lost to AIDS in the past 20 years, including poet James Merrill, filmmaker Derek Jarman, and painter and writer David Wojnarowicz.
Where Manson's breakthrough album, Antichrist Superstar, featured clever wordplay and bitingly mocked his critics, in Holy Wood Manson's bleak obsession with death and all things subversive turns old and tired.
The plot is just as relevant and bitingly satirical, with plenty to say about the heartlessness of market forces.
He could be bitingly humorous as well, she said, recalling the occasion when Stowell, at Kirstein's request, introduced him to children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who designed Stowell's Nutcracker.
A curiously hard edged, ad-hoc spirit runs through the entire scheme, with its bitingly raw materiality of concrete and zinc.
Known for her bitingly funny first-person reportage as well as her Oscar-nominated screenplays, Ms.