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From Old High German ababīzan, equivalent to ab ‎(off) +‎ beißen ‎(bite).


  • IPA(key): /ˈapˌbaɪ̯sn̩/, /ˈapˌbaɪ̯sən/
  • Hyphenation: ab‧bei‧ßen
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abbeißen ‎(class 1 strong, third-person singular simple present beißt ab, past tense biss ab, past participle abgebissen, past subjunctive bisse ab, auxiliary haben)

  1. to bite off
    Sie biss ein kleines Stück vom Apfel ab. - She bit off a small piece of the apple.
    Der Löwe biss seiner Beute das rechte Bein ab. - The lion bit off the right leg of its pray.
  2. to snap off
  3. (reflexive) (with von) to pursue, to strive after, to strive to
    sich etwas von etwas abbeißen - To strive after something
    Davon solltest Du dir ruhig etwas abbeißen! - You should really pursue that!


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