bite [intransitive, transitive] to use your teeth to cut into or through something

Does your dog bite?

Come here! I won't bite! (= you don't need to be afraid)

bite into/through something She bit into a ripe juicy pear.

bite somebody/something She was bitten by the family dog.

Stop biting your nails!

bite off something/sth off He bit off a large chunk of bread/He bit a large chunk of bread off.

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Are these valid, idiomatic and roughly similar?

-The dog bit into his leg

-The dog bit him into his leg

-The dog bit his leg


For the verb "poke", We can say "He poked me in the eye" & "He poked in my eye"


Your second example, "... bit him into his leg" is not idiomatic.
For the other two choices...

Note the example in your definition, "bit into a juicy pear"; the connotation of "bit into" is that the biting is just starting.

The last example is the most idiomatic.

  • But why people say "He poked me in the eyes" and "He poked in my eyes", but we can't apply that kind of saying into "He bit me into the leg" & "He bit into my leg"?. English is strange, – Tom Mar 21 '20 at 4:40
  • You can say "He poked me in the eye[s]." and you can say "The dog bit me in the leg.", or "The dog bit into my leg." Just not "bit me into the leg". The reason is that "bite into" is a phrasal verb describing a kind of biting, and you can't split it to insert a direct object. And I'll bet your native language would be strange to me, too! – Jack O'Flaherty Mar 21 '20 at 5:06

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