bite down

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bite down

1. To bite very hard and purposefully (on something). I nearly lost a tooth biting down on that apple! I knew there was something wrong with the burger the moment I bit down.
2. To clench one's teeth very firmly. I keep trying to give the dog her pills, but she's biting down so hard that I can't get them into her mouth. The field surgeons didn't have any anesthetic, so the poor man had to just bite down while they operated.
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