(one) won't bite (someone)

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(one) won't bite (someone)

You have no reason to be afraid of someone; this person is not going to hurt you, so don't be shy about approaching or talking to them. Don't worry, child, I won't bite. I just wanted to give you a message to pass along to your father. This is your Uncle Jack, son. Well, go on and shake his hand, he won't bite you.
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won't bite

Is not threatening or does not need to be a subject of caution; is friendly. The phrase is typically used as an assurance to a child who is wary of something or someone. You can ask Mr. Caruthers. Go on, he won't bite. Hi there, what's your name? Don't worry, I won't bite!
See also: bite

I, etc. won’t ˈbite (you)

(humorous) used to tell somebody that they do not need to be afraid of somebody: You should tell your teacher that you don’t understand — she won’t bite you!
See also: bite