get the bit between (one's) teeth

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get the bit between (one's) teeth

To do something decisively and with resolve. A reference to a horse that is no longer under the rider's control because the bit (part of the apparatus used to guide it) is out of place in its mouth. Once Sophie gets the bit between her teeth, she's the best student in my class.
See also: bit, get, teeth

get the bit between your teeth

If you get the bit between your teeth, you become very enthusiastic and determined about doing a particular task. Note: In the first and third expressions, a `bit' is a piece of metal which is held in a horse's mouth by the bridle and reins. You're persistent when you get the bit between your teeth, I'll say that for you. Note: You can also say that someone has the bit between their teeth or has got the bit between their teeth. It's going to be difficult against Leeds United but the lads have got the bit between their teeth. Others sense that the prime minister has the bit between his teeth and believe that action will follow. Note: The bit should be put at the back of a horse's mouth, behind its back teeth. When a horse bolts (= runs away very fast), it sometimes takes the bit between its teeth, which makes it very difficult for a rider or driver to use the reins to control it.
See also: bit, get, teeth

get the bit between your teeth

begin to tackle a problem or task in a determined or independent way.
The metal bit in a horse's mouth should lie on the fleshy part of its gums; if a headstrong horse grasps the bit between its teeth it can evade the control of the reins and its rider.
See also: bit, get, teeth

get/take the bit between your ˈteeth

(informal) start doing something in a determined and enthusiastic way: Once he gets the bit between his teeth in an argument, no one can stop him.If the horse learns to hold the bit (see previous note) between its teeth, it can no longer be controlled by the rider.
See also: bit, get, take, teeth
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One over-arching similarity does transcend the generation gap though; like Best, when Bale gets the bit between his teeth there is virtually nothing defences can do to stop him.
People might point to Gary's record and say he lacks some power, but if he gets the bit between his teeth, he can overwhelm most opponents.
WHEN Jamie Oliver gets the bit between his teeth there's simply no stopping him.
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Massive talent that he is, this could turn out expensive if the American gets the bit between his teeth but the odds are that he is treating the week as a holiday before the brown stuff hits the fan at Royal St George's.
Monty's form going into it is poor but Jacklin said: "Once he gets the bit between his teeth anything is possible.
Unless he gets the bit between his teeth, it will always be a party that will be beholden to reactionary elements.
He has started slowly, like ourselves, in the last two years, but once the pitches start drying out he gets the bit between his teeth.
But Jacklin said: ``Once Monty gets the bit between his teeth anything is possible.
Dentist Paul Johnson gets the bit between his teeth as a trainer this afternoon when he saddles Hormuz in the opening race at Beverley.
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But Jacklin said: "Once Monty gets the bit between his teeth anything is possible.