Idiom of the Week: “To bite someone’s head off”

by Laurie Laurendeau on March 7, 2012

Idioms are short phrases or expressions that we use in the English language to express a thought in a more interesting manner.  Examples of idioms might include “in a pickle”, or “it’s raining cats and dogs”.  Children who struggle with reading comprehension often read quite literally what is on the page, and then the true meaning of the sentence can be lost.  Teaching your child a new idiom each week will help improve his/her ability to “read between the lines” in both oral speech and in written texts.  Have fun trying to use the idiom each week in everyday life!

IDIOM:  “To bite someone’s head off”

DEFINITION:  To suddenly get angry at someone

EXAMPLES:  1. I just asked her what was wrong and she bit my head off!

2. I was only 5 minutes late… you don’t have to bite my head off!

ACTIVITY:  Draw a picture of a shark with its giant mouth open, and inside its mouth draw a person’s head.


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