Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu May 24 12:51:03 UTC 2007

I was thinking of a longer expression denoting that something (an caustic remark, a practical joke, a shady business maneuver, maybe even a well-intended deed) might "come around (or back) and bite you on the ass." A formulaic version of the old "biter bit" motif.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 08:18:08 -0400
>From: Dennis Preston <preston at MSU.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Eggcorn?
>I have imperative "bite my ass" and exclamatory "kick in the ass" but no fixed phrase "bite on the ass" (although in the mosquito-ridden Ohio River Valley I suffered many such as a child). Where is this "bite on the ass" a fixed phrase (and what does it mean)?

>>That is, "nip in the bud" + "bite on the ass"?

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