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Does this really mean "to eat a quick, light snack"? I've only heard it in the sense of a literal single bite (of an apple, etc.). Equinox 16:02, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

dont know but have a bite means eat a light quick snack for sure (unsigned IP)
I use it in that sense myself. However, I'd say this is strictly sum of parts as bite can mean a small meal or snack. Carolina wren 17:38, 18 March 2009 (UTC)
There's a number of "take a X" entries that should probably be questioned. I was wondering about this one myself. I will collect a list and take them to RFD shortly. -- ALGRIF talk 17:59, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

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"To eat a quick light snack" - distinct from taking a single bite, e.g. of an apple. Can "take a bite" refer to eating a whole snack? See Talk:take a bite for previous discussion. Equinox 01:08, 19 February 2017 (UTC)

I've heard "have a bite", "go out for a bite", "grab a bite", "stop in for a bite" but never take a bite. Noun sense #7 at bite covers this, so it may be SOP even if it exists. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:21, 19 February 2017 (UTC)
I can definitely come up with quotes:
  • 1995, Janet B. Hewett, ‎Noah Andre Trudeau, & ‎Bryce A. Suderow, Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, ISBN 1568372876:
    We did not have more than ten minutes to take a bite before each of us had to take saddle, because the movement for the attack commenced.
  • 1998, Eric Walters, War of the Eagles, ISBN 1554695562, page 28:
    Come, take a bite to eat and I'll pack you a part to take to your momma.
  • 2005, Leo Bruce, Our Jubilee is Death: A Carolus Deane Mystery, ISBN 1613733003, page 76:
    I couldn't take a bite to eat, though I did make a cup of tea for them and took it up to find these policemen sitting there.
  • 2013, Andrew F. Smith, Food and Drink in American History, ISBN 1610692330:
    For many workers the time expended eating during the day was unpaid time, so they took a quick bite while working or a short 15-minute break to eat.
However, I agree with Chuck Entz that it is SOP. Kiwima (talk) 05:24, 6 March 2017 (UTC)


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