bite (one's) head off

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bite (one's) head off

To respond to one in an extremely angry and forceful manner 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

bite someone's head off

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snap someone's head off

INFORMAL
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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

bite (or snap) someone's head off

reply sharply and brusquely to someone.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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I'm worried it's going to get me into trouble at work - the other day my boss came over and asked me about something I was working on and I bit his head off. He just walked away without saying anything.
I'm worried it's going to get me in trouble at work - the other day my boss came over and asked me about something I was working on and I bit his head off. How can I control myself better?
I bit his head off and accused him of being conceited and doing things deliberately to get women's attention.