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a nail-biter

1. Literally, someone who bites their fingernails, especially due to nervousness or agitation. I was a nail-biter at a young age, and, try as I might, I've never managed to shake the habit completely.
2. By extension, a situation, especially a competitive one, whose outcome is particularly close or uncertain and marked by nervous apprehension. Did you catch the football match last Sunday? Man, what a nail-biter! With how close these two candidates are, this election is sure to be a real nail-biter in its final moments.

the biter (is) bit

A person who has committed wrongs is now experiencing the same kind of torment, adversity, etc. Looks like the biter bit. She's always bullied me, and now she's getting a taste of her own medicine. Ah, the biter is bit! A prankster deserves to be the target of his own tricks once in a while.
See also: bit, biter

the biter gets bit

A person who has committed wrongs is now experiencing the same kind of torment, adversity, etc. She's always bullied me, and now she's getting a taste of her own medicine. Looks like the biter is getting bit. Ah ha, the biter gets bit! A prankster deserves to be the target of his own tricks once in a while.
See also: bit, biter, get

rug rat

Sl. a small child, especially an infant or toddler. (Also a term of address.) You got any rug rats at your house? Hey, you cute little rug rat, come over here.
See also: rat, rug

the biter gets bit

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
You say the biter gets bit to mean that someone suffers as a result of their own actions, especially when they were intending to hurt someone else. Sympathy seldom abounds when the biter gets bit. Note: `Biter' is an old word meaning a swindler (= person who cheats people out of money).
See also: bit, biter, get

the biter bit (or bitten)

a person who has done harm has been harmed in a similar way.
Biter was a late 17th-century term for a fraudster or trickster. In this sense it now survives only in this phrase.
2000 Locus The most common plot device in Lee's stories is the classic ‘biter bitten’ resolution.
See also: bit, biter

the biter ˈbit

the person who wanted to do harm, cheat somebody, etc., has harm done to them, is cheated, etc: It was a case of the biter bit — she’d tried to make him look foolish and ended up being ridiculed herself.
See also: bit, biter

biter

1. n. a thief. (see also bite.) Some biter made off with my algebra book.
2. n. someone who copies someone else. (From the first sense.) That’s my steelo, you biter!

rug rat

and ankle biter
n. a child. Hey, you cute little rug rat, come over here. I got three little ankle biters at home.
See also: rat, rug

ankle biter

verb
See also: ankle, biter
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Other types include Sociable Biters - well--liked but prone to be being flash - like Prince William and Billie Piper.
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Influenced by bands who ruled way before they were a twinkle in their parents' eyes, Biters are cut from the same leather as Sweet, Cheap Trick, Mott The Hoople and an early pre-cartoon KISS.
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Swarms of the biters have driven caribou off cliffs, backpackers to the brink of insanity.
Having parents blasting out a cocktail of KISS, Sweet, Cheap Trick and Thin Lizzy in their formative years may well have been responsible for the birth of The Biters.
Specialised biters like the coelophysoids, which have slender, narrow jaws, had a biting style that was highly efficient at the back of the tooth row, but very swift at the tip of the snout.
While the previous two NFL games played here were nail biters that were decided late in the fourth quarters, the result of this one seemed inevitable as soon as Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather ran back an interception for a touchdown after only two and a half minutes.
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The most frequent biters, the study found, were unneutered, male German shepherds and chow chows.
But the Biters strike back with fancy footwork and ball handling skills that keep the packed stadium cheering for more
Dogs that haven't been properly socialized, receive little attention or handling, or are left tied up for long periods of time frequently turn into biters.
Of course, the biters immediately could be rendered, since rehabilitation seems unlikely.