One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Reply sharply and brusquely to someone.‘I made some comment and he bit my head off’
criticize, censure, attack, condemn, castigate, chastise, berate, lambaste, lash, pillory, find fault with, abuse, revile, give someone a bad pressView synonyms
- ‘I had so much I wanted to say to her, and it was all I could do to avoid biting her head off when she passed a remark about how long it's been since Bro rang her.’
- ‘The slightest error on anyone else's part and he was biting their head off like they had drastically fowled up a mission.’
- ‘People from Glasgow are more approachable - I stopped to ask someone the time in Edinburgh once and they bit my head off.’
- ‘Next person who asks why I'm alone, I'll bite his head off.’
- ‘‘Yeah the guy bit my head off for it,’ he replied, shrugging his shoulders.’
- ‘Being assertive, telling the salesperson/company what the nature of your complaint is, be firm, but don't bite their head off.’
- ‘I mean I put up with your materialism, superficiality, and egotism on a daily basis without biting your head off.’
- ‘Usually you snap my head off for stealing your food.’
- ‘‘You too, Dave,’ she replied hesitantly, as if she expected Jill to bite her head off.’
- ‘I know that now, but back then, I could tell something was wrong and when I asked you about it, you dang near snapped my head off.’
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