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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
To bite one’s thumb at another. To insult; to provoke to a quarrel.   1
       Gregory. I will frown as I pass by: and let them take it as they list.
       Sampson. Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it.”—Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, i. 1.
   To bite the lip, indicative of suppressed chagrin, passion, or annoyance.   2
        “She had to bite her lips till the blood came in order to keep down the angry words that would rise in her heart.”—Mrs. Gaskell: Mary Barton, chap. xi.
   To bite upon the bridle. To champ the bit, like an impatient or restless horse.   3



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