take a bite out of (something)

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take a bite out of (something)

To reduce something by eliminating, completing, or removing part of it. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The police are encouraging citizens to take a bite out of crime by reporting suspicious activity. I'm hoping to take a bite out of this project by Friday night so I don't have so much to do over the weekend.
See also: bite, of, out, take
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A helps credit card issuers and retailers to take a bite out of the more than $1.