Definition of put the bite on in English:

put the bite on

phrase

informal North American, Australian, New Zealand
  • Borrow or extort money from.

    ‘a deadbeat diner tried to put the bite on a restaurant’
    • ‘Damn, I thought, putting the bite on me for food money.’
    • ‘I'm no elitist and I'm all for genuine homeless people getting a better deal all round, but it beggared belief to see him shopping with the people he was putting the bite on just minutes before.’
    • ‘It is scandalous is that while Catholic schools across the country have missed out on anywhere between $560 million and $2-3 billion over the past four years, they have put the bite on parents to make up some of the difference.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the governor - through a special economic development fund overseen by his office - also has been putting the bite on a host of companies and other special interests to contribute to his pet cause.’
    • ‘O.K., we're going to put the bite on these guys.’
    • ‘While other institutions are forced to increasingly put the bite on private donors, Alex's institute of lower learning continues to enjoy a steady stream of taxpayer-funded treats.’
    • ‘‘You invite me here for a bite to eat, and I end up putting the bite on you,’ he told a business lunch.’
    • ‘When putting the bite on friends in America, for example, I can tell them they're coming to a very special part of the country.’
    • ‘These extra special anniversary celebrations may be costing a bit, but putting the bite on a top banana for the sake of a first class stamp is not on, Liz.’
    • ‘Throw in his $110,000 sessional allowance and $39,376 in travel, and Joyal put the bite on taxpayers for a total of $326,325.’
    compel, coerce, make, constrain, oblige, impel, drive, necessitate, pressurize, pressure, press, push