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don't bite the hand that feeds you

don't bite the hand that feeds you

Date: Dec 15 2011

Themes: Pets


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I don’t mind doing a lot of romantic comedies. I’m not going to bite the hand that feeds me.”

- Actress Lake Bell on always getting offered similar roles. (Us Weekly)

- 女演员蕾克·贝尔 (Lake Bell) 在回答总是得到一些类似角色的问题时如是说。


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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don’t turn against someone or something that has helped you

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Dogs are smart. Sometimes, they’re even smarter than people. Dogs know that they shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds them. But people sometimes forget that rule. That’s why we need an idiom in order to help us remember it.

When a dog bites the hand that feeds it, it turns against its owner. That’s a bad idea, because chances are, a dog that bites the hand that feeds it won’t get fed again. When you tell a person don’t bite the hand that feeds you, it means that they shouldn’t turn against someone or something that’s helped them in some way. If they do, they might not get helped again in the future.

The actress Lake Bell has been given a lot of parts in romantic comedies. Some actors worry about only being offered one kind of part. They want to do many different types of films and play many different types of characters so they don’t get stuck always playing the same role. But Lake Bell is grateful for the work she’s been given. She doesn’t want to bite the hand that feeds her by complaining about the types of movies she is asked to do.

Have you ever bitten the hand that feeds you? What other lessons can we learn from dogs?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“I know you’re upset with your parents, but don’t bite the hand that feeds you. They’ve done a lot for you over the years.”

“I’m thinking about quitting my job, but my boss has been so nice to me, and I don’t want to bite the hand that feeds me.”

“We don’t want to bite the hand that feeds us, but at the same time, it’s important to express our unhappiness with our leaders. “


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

It means to turn against something or not appreciate it.
by candycandice
Manu4 To fight against someone or reject someone who helps you.
by Manu4
Ahshan to hurt someone who help me ,to do something shamefully to the one who give me a hand.
by Ahshan
englishty It means being ungrateful to something good happened to him before
by englishty
treat someone badly who has helped you
by orange.juice
ungreatfulness, rejecting something helping you
by friendlover
cubi1604 Turn your back on something that benefits you a great deal. Be ungrateful for something.
by cubi1604
dearpesar not be thanksful for favor they've done for you
by dearpesar

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Most people want to try different kind of things, if we have ability to do so, why not? It’s not because we don’t feel grateful for whatever whoever had helped us but from there we should take more challenges to accept what’s the best for us, don’t worry it’s part of growing up you know :)

06:07 PM Dec 14 2011 |

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It’s a good and sample idiom,and it can be understand from its words. I remeber some other idiom ,such as: When you drink the water, don’t forget those who dug the well; when eating the fruit, think of the persons who planted  the tree.

05:45 PM Dec 14 2011 |

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