Bite the Curb meaning / Bite the Curb video.

Bite the Curb / Bite the Curb Video

Updated Apr 04, 2024 at 05:33PM EDT by Owen.

Added Apr 04, 2024 at 10:46AM EDT by Owen.

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Bite the Curb, also known as Biting the Curb, is a catchphrase said before curb-stomping someone, making the victim open their mouth around a concrete or sidewalk curb before stomping their jaw and teeth down onto it. The idea of biting the curb became a meme on TikTok in 2024, coinciding with a Bite the Curb Video that's a scene from the 1998 film American History X (where the term originates). Bite the Curb memes made light of the brutal act by recreating curb stomps with dolls and animations, posing situations in which one must choose between biting the curb and some other difficult task (the latter of which is always chosen by the meme's subject) or using the phase like an IYKYK.


The term "bite the curb" was coined in the 1998 movie American History X when the character Derek Vinyard, a neo-Nazi (played by actor Edward Norton), makes a Black character (Lawrence) bite the curb before curb-stomping him and killing him.[1]

The scene inspired real-life neo-Nazis to copycat the killing, dating back to 2002.[2] A "bite the curb" scene was also included in the last season of The Sopranos, committed by Tony Soprano.[3]

Definitions for "bite the curb" were added to Urban Dictionary [4] as early as March 2003 (shown below).

bite the curb y f to coerce someone to lie down on the street and open their mouth on the concrete curb, at which point the assailants can then stomp on the back of the victim's head, shattering their teeth and causing severe head/neck trauma. "what happened to his teeth?" "He got jumped by vegans, they made him bite the curb" by machinehien March 6, 2003 141 41 57 FLAG


Posts about biting the curb surfaced on Reddit's /r/funny[5] in the early 2010s, however, none gained viral engagement. The first known viral post to reference the phrase was shared by X[6] user @TylerIAm on April 25th, 2020, referencing an NFL player, gaining over 1,500 likes in four years (shown below, left).

On October 13th, 2021, webcomic artist Gryzloko posted a Super Mario comic about biting the curb to /r/funny[7] receiving over 52,000 upvotes in three years (shown below, right).

Trill Withers @TylerIAm Follow Rohrwasser making teammates bite the curb if he hear about any of this kneeling business 3:04 PM Apr 25, 2020 PLEASE, YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THIS! I SAID... BITE THE CURB M GRYZLOCK 1UP 1UP 1UP 1UP

The concept of biting the curb became most known on TikTok in early 2024, following multiple viral videos that made light of the brutal act. An early, viral example was a video posted by TikToker[8] @officialronfromnowhere on March 21st, 2024, who joked about getting jumped and hearing one of his attackers suggest biting the curb, gaining over 1.2 million plays and 134,800 likes in two weeks (shown below, left).

On March 25th, 2024, TikToker[9] @alexysoleke posted a video in which she said that she looked up a "bite the curb vid" (likely the American History X scene), gaining over 5.2 million plays and 298,100 likes in 10 days (shown below, right).

@officialronfromnowhere Tuff #fyp #trending #viral #xyzcba ♬ original sound – Fae Day


Like what if i get jumped and i just hear “yo make her bite the curb” like im cooked

♬ original sound – ®

More humorous iterations followed going into early April 2024, like a recreation of biting the curb made with Sour Patch Kids, posted by TikToker[10] @offbrandmexican08 on March 29th, gaining over 2.4 million plays and 254,300 likes in six days (shown below).

@offbrandmexican08 #fyp @Brody Pate ♬ original sound – offbrandmexican

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