To cause harm to a benefactor.


  • This saying became popular in the 17th century. It is linked with a popular event in that era. A man was feeding his dog and he was arranging the food for him during that instant the dog bit him on his hand. This idiom was used to describe the foolish dog, which bit his master. Now this idiom is used to indicate unfaithful, dishonest or disloyal people, who treat others bad even when they have taken advantages from them.

I once saved a life of someone who later robbed me. Talk about not biting the hand that feeds you! How ungrateful can someone be?

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Modified by TriplePurple on March 13, 2024


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