(one) is not going to bite (someone)

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(one) is not going to bite (someone)

Someone has no reason to be afraid of one; someone should not be shy about approaching or talking to one. Don't worry, child, I'm not going to bite you. 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's not going to bite.
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"I'm not going to bite someone's head off, well, not unless it's something really bad...," Carrick says, but it is clear falling standards irk him just as much as they did Keane.
I'm not going to bite you or grant you three wishes.
"I'm not going to bite you, and I took a good shower today." One of the children laughed.
"I'm not going to bite my tongue," Baraka lectured to the youth at the Newark convention.
In Nepal, the locals called me "the man in the mechanical bicycle." Interaction with locals is always fun and rewarding--once they realise that I'm not going to bite. The wheel-chair is often the icebreaker.
"I'm not a disease, I'm not going to bite or smite you.