1The bite of a snake, especially a venomous one.
- ‘Although exotic snakes account for only a small percentage of venomous snakebites, the prevalence of these bites is increasing as the popularity of keeping exotic snakes as house pets continues to rise.’
- ‘Although once popular, surgical intervention with fasciotomy for venomous snakebite is now reserved for selected rare cases and should never be performed prophylactically.’
- ‘Renal failure is a common cause of delayed mortality from untreated snakebites in developing parts of the world.’
- ‘Patients should be warned that most snakebites occur between April and October, when outdoor activities are common, and that simple precautions may help them avoid snake encounters.’
- ‘Each year, 7,000 venomous snakebites are reported in the United States.’
2British A drink consisting of draught cider and lager in equal proportions.
- ‘Everyone in the back had been drinking snakebites for the best part of the evening, and it was half way down the motorway and one of them said ‘I feel a bit sick, you'll have to stop the van’.’
- ‘We sat in the beer garden and had a drink, but Ghost and Eloise looked like they'd take AGES to finish their snakebite and blacks, so we - Tamsin, Al Fiendish and I - decided we'd go on to the venue itself and let the others catch up with us.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.