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bite
British English: /bʌɪt/
American English: /baɪt/

Translation of bite in French:

noun

  • 1 (mouthful) in one bite
    en une bouchée
    to have ou take a bite of something
    prendre une bouchée de quelque chose
    to take a bite out of something [figurative]
    faire un trou dans quelque chose
    that will take a big bite out of our budget/profits
    cela va faire un grand trou dans notre budget/marge bénéficiaire
  • 3 [figurative] (impact, keen edge)
    (of wind, cold) morsure (f)
    (of food) piquant (m)
    (of argument, performance, style, film) mordant (m)
    his speech/film has bite
    son discours/film a du mordant
  • 5 (Fishing) to have a bite
    [literal]
    avoir une touche
    [figurative]
    trouver amateur
    the house is up for sale but we haven't had any bites yet
    la maison est en vente mais nous n'avons pas encore trouvé amateur

transitive verb

  • prét bit pp bitten
    (person, animal)
    mordre
    (insect)
    piquer
    to bite something in two
    couper [quelque chose] en deux d'un coup de dent
    to bite one's nails

intransitive verb prét bit pp bitten

  • 1 (take effect)
    (measure, policy, rule, new rates, strike, shortage)
    se faire sentir

Idioms

he/she won't bite you [informal]!

il/elle ne va pas te manger! [informal]

to bite one's lip

se mordre les lèvres
to bite the hand that feeds you

the biter bit

to be bitten by the DIY/health food bug

[informal]
attraper le virus du bricolage/de la diététique [informal]
bullet

Phrasal verbs

bite back

bite back [something]
ravaler (rude comment, reply)

bite into

bite into [something] [literal]
mordre dans (fruit, sandwich etc)
[figurative] (affect) avoir un effet sur (economy, finances)

bite off

bite off [something], bite [something] off
arracher [quelque chose] d'un coup de dent

bite on

bite on [something]
mordre sur

bite through

bite through [something]
(person, animal)
percer [quelque chose] avec ses dents

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