(one) is not going to bite (someone)

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(one) is not going to bite (someone)

Someone has no reason to be afraid of one; someone should not be shy about approaching or talking to one. The phrase often ends at "bite," as in Usage 3. Don't worry, child, I'm not going to bite you. I just wanted to give you a message to pass along to your father. This is your Uncle Jack, son. Well, go on and shake his hand, he's not going to bite. Well, come on in, I'm not going to bite! Actually, I have very good news for you—you got the promotion!
See also: bite, going, not, to
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