bíta frá sér

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally “bite away from oneself”. Confer the Danish bide fra sig.

Verb[edit]

bíta frá sér

  1. (idiomatic, intransitive) defend oneself in a harsh manner, to lash out, snap (at someone)
    Þú verður að kunna að bíta frá þér þegar fólk er dónalegt.
    You have to know how to defend yourself when people are rude to you.