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what does "had the bit in his teeth"mean? Youngblood had the bit in his teeth. Of all the agents there he had the quickest tongue and one of the clearest minds. He had Johnson’s confidence. He and Roberts had a plan, and neither was in the mood to defer to Kellerman. Indeed, they didn't even consult him. Although Roy was the agent in charge at Parkland, he wasn't told that the new President was to be taken from the hospital. During the next half-hour he talked with both Youngblood and Roberts. Somehow the subject never came up. Only later, by chance, did he learn from his men that Johnson had already left
Jun 10, 2013 2:54 PM
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"Took the bit in his teeth" is a phrase that describes a horse that sets its jaw against the bit* and cannot be controlled. It is used today to refer to a person who either is taking control of a situation or who is uncontrollable and casts off restraint. *A bit is a type of horse tack used in equestrian activities, usually made of metal or a synthetic material, and is placed in the mouth of a horse and assists a rider in communicating with the animal.
June 10, 2013
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