bite and nip

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What is the differnce between nip and bark? Can' I say ' The dog bit a little at my son'? My teacher asked me to use ' nip' instead of 'bite'. And I don't know why.
  • Nunty

    Senior Member
    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    Oh, me! Me!

    I actually remember the day I learned the word nip, when I was little girl. My brother and I were playing with the puppy and he grabbed my hand with his mouth. "Mommy! The puppy is biting me!" My mother said, "No, he's not biting you. It's just a little nip."

    A "nip" is grabbing with the teeth but not breaking the skin and not intending to cause injury, just like what puppies and kittens do when they play.
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