put the bite on (one)(redirected from puts the bite on them)
put the bite on (one)
To ask or pressure someone for a loan or donation of money. Jane's good-for-nothing brother is always comes skulking around our place every couple of weeks to put the bite on us for a few bucks. The alumni association of my old university puts the bite on me once or twice a year looking for a donation.
put the bite on someoneand put the touch on someone
Sl. to try to get money from someone. Tom put the bite on me for ten dollars. Bill put the touch on me, but I told him to forget about it.
put the bite on someoneAMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you put the bite on someone, you ask them for something, especially money. If you talk to them, they'll put the bite on you for a cigarette and bus fare.
put the bite onblackmail; extort money from. North American & Australian informal
1955 Ray Lawler Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Your money's runnin' out you know you can't put the bite on me any more.
put the bite on someone
tv. to try to get money out of someone. You’re always putting the bite on me for a few bucks. Go away.