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Bight vs. bite

The verb meaning to cut, grip, pierce, or tear with the teeth is bite. The word also has several noun definitions, most having to do with biting and stinging. A bight is (1) a loop in a rope, and (2) a bend in a shoreline or the bay formed by such a bend.

The inflected forms of bite are bit and bitten.

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Examples

But the pizza compels your attention to the last bite. [azcentral.com]

Point Old stood at an angle to the smashing seas, making a sheltered bight behind it, and into this bight the flooding tide set in a slow eddy. [Poor Man’s Rock by Bertrand Sinclair]

But just when you think you’re going well, and I was playing well, Augusta jumped up and bit me at the 11th. [Express]

To make this knot, form a bight by laying the end of a rope on top of and across the standing part. [Knots, Splices and Rope Work by A. Hyatt Verrill]

This government has already bitten off far more than it can chew. [Sydney Morning Herald]

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  1. You don’t appreciate American speak. “He fell off of his bike and was bit by a critter but he don’t know where it is at.”

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