bite off

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bite off

To use the teeth to pull off something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bite" and "off." We had to take the dog to the vet after he bit off and ate a piece of a questionable-looking plant. Once the lollipop was soft enough, I bit it off the stick
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*bit off

 and *little off
a little crazy; a little out of whack. (*Typically: be ~; find someone ~.) This guy's a little off, but he is harmless.
See also: bit, off

bite something off

to remove something in a bite. Ann bit a piece off and chewed it up. She bit off a piece.
See also: bite, off
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Often they do that and try to see how close they can come without touching; sometimes the wheel bites off a sweep, and then the pilot sticks his head out and laughs, and thinks he's mighty smart.
The court had been shown footage of the horror attack where McKillop argues with Mr Brogan at the rank, and, as he attempts to leave, she runs at him, swoops on him and bites off his ear.
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The motivation praying mantises remains unclear: As the finale to a successful copulation, the female bites off her mate's head and devours him.