won't bite

(one) won't bite (someone)

Someone has no reason to be afraid of one; someone should not be shy about approaching or talking to one. Don't worry, child, I won't bite. 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 won't bite you.
See also: bite

won't bite

Is not threatening or does not need to be a subject of caution; is friendly. The phrase is typically used as an assurance to a child who is wary of something or someone. You can ask Mr. Caruthers. Go on, he won't bite. Hi there, what's your name? Don't worry, I won't bite!
See also: bite
References in classic literature ?
She won't bite?" he added, stepping cautiously with his bare feet.
"I hope the animals won't bite, Master Colin," said the nurse.
There's even one called the hornet hoverfly but it's a sheep in wolf 's clothing and won't bite!
Public trauma won't bite the queen but guess who'll milk it in the long run?
But there are a lot of hotels that just won't bite."
He joked: "But I know I'm safe when I'm doing my takeaway deliveries because the dogs won't bite someone who's bringing in food."
Our next best Dog-Day solution is a do-nothing tactic for deeper bass showing up on camera or sonar that won't bite. Put the boat on Spot-Lock.
She now started keeping the spiders she finds in a jar so they won't bite anybody else in the family.
Try and nibble around the plate, and the disciplined veteran won't bite, using a great eye for the strike zone to coax plenty of walks.
'At least I know the cats won't bite me back,' he said.
"They simply won't bite when there's a big groundswell.
But don't worry if you are a little on the timid side, they won't bite.
"Can you tell me which of these rattlers won't bite you?" a November post on his Facebook page asked - juxtaposing photos of twisting mass of snakes with an apparent crowd of refugees.