Learn English – What does “Bit it” mean


I came across the phrase ‘bit it’ in the quote from Washington Post’s William Branigin’s comment to support the Washington’s decision not to show the picture of the dead body of Osama bin Laden in Washington Post’s ‘Comment of the Day’ (May 4). It reads:

Good, because showing that picture would be the U.S. lowering its standards for those that like and enjoy gruesome, bloody bodies. I am sure the pic will get out somehow, but not because of Obama. If folks do not want to believe bin Laden is dead, so bit it. He's dead.

As I met the phrase, ‘bit it’ for the first time, I checked up its meaning in English dictionaries at hand and through Google, but wasn’t able to find any entry of this phrase. Only Internet Slang Com. carries definition of ‘bite it’ as “to fall and bite the ground” with an example,"Toey bit it hard this morning on his way down the stairs,” as its usage.

So, what does “Bit it” mean? Is it derivative from (or past tense of) “Bite it,” or “Bet it”?

Best Answer

Agreed with others that it's pretty certainly a typo. FYI, 'bit it' in common usage isn't usually 'biting the ground'; it's more commonly a simplification of 'biting the dust' or 'biting the big one', etc., which in turn mean dying.

So 'biting it' generally is hyperbole, and refers to taking a particularly hard hit.