get/take the bit between one's teeth

Definition of get/take the bit between one's teeth

  1. :  to start doing something in a very enthusiastic and determined way He can be lazy about doing his work, but when he gets the bit between his teeth there's no stopping him.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to gain possession of

    :  to receive as a return :  earn

    :  to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. :  something begotten:

    :  offspring

    :  the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. :  a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

    :  a bill of divorce

    :  a religious divorce by Jewish law

takeplay
  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

  1. :  the biting or cutting edge or part of a tool

    :  a replaceable part of a compound tool that actually performs the function (as drilling or boring) for which the whole tool is designed

    :  the jaws (see 1jaw 2b) of tongs or pincers

  1. :  to put part of a bridle in the mouth of (a horse) :  to put a bit (see 1bit 2a) in the mouth of (a horse)

    :  to control as if with a bit

    :  to form a bit (see 1bit 4) on (a key)

  1. :  a small quantity of food

    :  a small delicacy

    :  a small piece or quantity of some material thing

  1. :  a unit of computer information equivalent to the result of a choice between two alternatives (as yes or no, on or off)

    :  the physical representation of a bit by an electrical pulse, a magnetized spot, or a hole whose presence or absence indicates data

teeth
  1. : plural oftooth


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