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  • v. To bite up, bite to pieces.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bite to pieces.

Etymologies

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From Middle English forbiten ("to bite up"), equivalent to for- +‎ bite. Cognate with West Frisian forbite ("to forbite"), Dutch verbijten ("to forbite"), Low German verbīten ("to forbite"), German verbeissen ("to forbite"). More at for-, bite.

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