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get (or take or have) the bit between (or North American in) one's teeth

Definition of get or take or have the bit between or North American in one's teeth in English:

Begin to tackle a problem or task in a determined or independent way.
Example sentences
  • I've got the bit in my teeth with this show and I'm very determined to take it as far as it will go.
  • Mencken believed that the human race would accomplish greater things if the halt and lame were left to themselves and the bright and swift took the bit between their teeth.
  • And one of the big questions is whether he's going to be able to really get the bit in his teeth.
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