Imposed upon, let in, made to suffer loss. “I was terribly
bitten in that affair.” I suffered great loss. To bite is to cheat or
suffer retaliation. Thus, Pope says, “The rogue was bit,” he intended
to cheat, but was himself taken in. “The biter bit” is the moral of
Æsop's fable called The Viper and the File; and Goldsmith's mad
dog, which, “for some private ends, went mad and bit a man,” but the
biter was bit, for “The man recovered of the bite, the dog it was that
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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