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( bite the biscuit third-person singular simple present , bites the biscuit present participle , biting the biscuit simple past , bit the biscuit past participle ) bitten the biscuit
( slang ) To die.
1987, David Scanlan, " Way up north," Ottawa Citizen, 16 Feb., p. D6 (retrieved 19 Aug. 2010):
David Scott . . . admits he "nearly
bit the biscuit," during a 1985 trip to Kluane National Park in the Yukon. Scott was crossing a chest-deep river with a racing current, when he slipped. The near-freezing water whisked him away.
2007, Jack Henderson, Circumference of Darkness ,  , page 199: ISBN 9780553589801
Trained assassins shoot people in the head, and that should be a relatively painless way to bite the biscuit.
( idiomatic ) To undertake an unpleasant task or to acknowledge an unfavorable situation or responsibility.
1999, Robert Hartman, Masters of the Millennium ,  , page 5: ISBN 9781583820384
Weibe, who fought the effects of allergy medicine and a winless streak since the Hardee's Golf Classic (1986), had to bite the biscuit and settle for second place.
2003, Steve Duno, Every Dog's Survival Guide to Living with a Neurotic Owner ,  , page 225: ISBN 9781402731341
Sometimes owners need to bite the biscuit and call in professional help in order to solve a nasty canine behavioral problem.
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