second bite at the cherry

second bite at the cherry

A second chance or opportunity. Primarily heard in UK. Since a large percentage of her students failed the calculus exam, the teacher decided to give them a second bite at the cherry by allowing them to take the test again. There will be no second bite at the cherry if we screw this up—it's our only chance.
See also: bite, cherry, second

a second bite at the cherry

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a second bite of the cherry

BRITISH
If you get a second bite at the cherry, you have a second chance to do something, especially something that you failed at the first time. We might, if we push hard enough, get a second bite at the cherry in two years' time. Note: You can also say that someone has another bite at the cherry or another bite of the cherry. Several senior England players keep bidding farewell only to come back for another bite at the cherry. Note: The phrase a bite at the cherry or a bite of the cherry is used in several different structures connected with attempting something. I've had two bites of the cherry. It was great because all the mistakes I made with the first one, I hope I haven't repeated. He contacted The Times to ensure that only the top news outlets got first bite at the cherry.
See also: bite, cherry, second