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Tooth and bite idioms

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Even if you are not a football fan, you have probably heard that Uruguay’s Luis Suarez is in big trouble for biting a player during a World Cup game.

The present tense verb is bite:
Do you want a bite of my apple?

The simple past tense is bit:
The dog bit my foot.

The past participle is bitten:
Have you ever been bitten by Luis Suarez?

While reporting the incident newspaper editors have had some fun with 'biting' headlines. Let’s take a look at three idioms that have been wildly used this week.

'Suarez to fight tooth and nail'

To fight tooth and nail means to try very hard to get something you want.

"We fought tooth and nail to win the contract."

'Fifa bites back'

To bite back means to return someone's anger. So if someone shows anger towards you, you show anger towards them.

"She will bite back if you threaten her."

'Fifa sink their teeth into Suarez with long ban'

When you sink your teeth into something you get completely involved with it.

"She's really sinking her teeth into her new job."

Now complete these sentences with the correct word:

  • 1) I can't wait to sink my ___ into my new book.




  • 2) Don't make him angry, he ___ back.




  • 3) We fought ___ and nail to build up our business.




  • 4) She was ___ by a snake on safari.




  • 5) The boy was sent home for ___ another student.




  • 6) I don't want it all, just a ___.




  • 7) I think a mosquito just ___ my arm.