0

In House of Cards, Zoe says:

There's no bite to it.

She told me about a profile she's working on.

What does 'bite to it' mean here?

1 Answer 1

2

From Cambridge Dictionary...

bite noun
...
(STRONG TASTE)
If food has bite, it has a sharp or strong taste - e.g. I like mustard with bite
...
(STRONG EFFECT)
a powerful effect - e.g. This satire has real bite

Note that the second definition is effectively just a metaphorical extension of the first, which itself is extended from the "literal" sense of the verb bite = use one's teeth to cut into something.


I don't know the full context of OP's cited usage, so I can't say for sure which of those two definitions applies. But Zoe is probably expressing disappointment that the profile lacks metaphorical "punch" - the power to be interesting and have a strong effect on people.


Note that the construction There's no X to it is simply an alternative way of expressing the assertion It has no X or It lacks X - usually restricted to contexts where one might reasonably expect X to be somehow associated with whatever "it" is.

3
  • The edit "unlocked" my downvote. It is "locked" after 10 minutes and can only be reversed if the post is edited.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 19, 2020 at 13:56
  • Yes, that's what I meant. When I've realised my mistake more than X minutes after mis-voting, I've sometimes just edited an invisible space into the post, which "unlocks" it so I can reverse my error. Can't you edit mine? Commented Apr 19, 2020 at 14:21
  • 1
    Never occurred to me.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 19, 2020 at 14:47

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.