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“biting” in British English

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uk /ˈbaɪ.tɪŋ/ us /ˈbaɪ.t̬ɪŋ/

biting adjective (CRITICAL)

disapproving used to describe words or people that criticize someone or something, usually in an unkind way:

He made some biting remarks about the whole occasion.
a biting wit

(Definition of “biting” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“biting” in American English

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us /ˈbɑɪt̬·ɪŋ/

severe and unpleasant; strong enough to hurt:

A cold, biting wind blew in from the north.

If you describe a remark as biting, you mean that it was strongly critical, often accurate, and likely to hurt someone’s feelings:

(Definition of “biting” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)