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Biting Remark (A)

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A remark more biting than Zeno’s. Nearʹchos ordered Zeʹno the philosopher to be pounded to death in a mortar. When he had been pounded some time, he told Nearchos he had an important secret to communicate to him; but, when the tyrant bent over the mortar to hear what Zeno had to say, the dying man bit off his ear.

That would have been a biting jest.”


Shakespeare: Richard III., act ii. 4.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Bisson
Bistonians
Bit
Bit (of a horse)
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Bite
Bite
Bitelas
Bites and Bams
Biting Remark (A)
Bitt
Bitten
Bitter End (The)
Bitter as Gall
Bittock
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Black as a Crow (or as a raven);
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