sink your teeth into something

What is the meaning of the idiom sink your teeth into something?

By Mr. Richard, Italy - 15th Jan. 2007.

you sink your teeth into something you undertake to do something, you perform the task with a great deal of enthusiasm and interest.

Here are a few examples.

• His new role as a villain gave him something that he could sink his teeth into.

• The new project is really interesting. Can't wait to sink my teeth into it?

It is also possible to say
get one's teeth into something.

Here are a few examples.

• He just couldn't get his teeth into his new role.

• My wife has been telling me to get my teeth into some social work.

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