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Victorian Slang of the Week

bite— 1) imposter, hoax, 1853.  If the references are any indication, it seems to have died out in usage in the manner during the latter part of the century.

2) to swindle or victimize, 1781 throughout the 19th century as in “For the third time in three years, he trusted his brother-in-law with his money, only to be bit again.”

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