It's a recurring issue for me that I can't completely remember a saying. In this case I think I've heard someone using something like:

I've interrogated him and he seems to have an alibi. Something still bites me, though.

So the meaning is like 'still having a suspicion about something/someone' or 'something is still bothering'.

Am I making this up or am I confusing it with a very similar phrase? If not I'd be interested to hear more usage examples.


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You could be confusing it with Something still bugs me about this, though. Anyway, in this context the meaning is Something is still bothering me about this, though.

  • Perfect! I think that's the phrase i was looking for :) Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 8:48

As @Radu says, there's the relatively recent metaphoric (informal) usage [something] still bugs me.

But if OP wants to stick with his metaphoric "bite" sense, the standard idiomatic usage is...

[something] still gnaws at me (256 written instances in Google Books).

(At least some of those instances will be in relatively "formal" contexts, where bugs would never do.)

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