Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(snap/take/bite) (your) hand off

snap your hand offtake your hand offbite your hand off
Meaning(s)
1) eagerly accept an offer
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • snap/take/bite someone's hand off for an opportunity
  • Analysis

    To 'bite someone's hand off'' means you are so excited to get something, it seems as if you're behaving like a dog eager to receive a treat. To bite someone's hand off means you're eager or you would accept an offer quickly. If an opportunity is too good to pass up you might 'bite someone's hand off' to get it. You might sometimes hear people use 'snap your hand off' or 'take your hand off' instead, though the establish idiom is 'to bite someones hand off'. If you 'take something off someone's hands' it means to lessen someone's responsibilities or tasks by volunteering to be responsible for it instead. If you tell someone to 'take their hands off' it usually means you want them to stop touching or handling something. These are all casual idiomatic expressions used in a variety of contexts.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Chris nearly took his friend's hand off when he offered him a free ticket to the big match. He couldn't believe his luck!
    2. Take your hands off my car. I have just had it cleaned.
    3. I'd bite your hand off for the chance to go to Venice.
    4. Your schedule looks really busy, is there anything I can take off your hands?
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I know last time we spoke I said I didn't want to work in an office, but if someone offered me a desk job now I would bite their hand off!
    2. When the shop owner called Sarah to say that she got the job, she hid her excitement as she didn't want to make it seem like she was snapping his hand off for the opportunity.
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