bite the bullet

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Possibly from the reported practice of soldiers biting a bullet to avoid crying out in pain, usually during a medical procedure or punishment.[1]


bite the bullet (third-person singular simple present bites the bullet, present participle biting the bullet, simple past bit the bullet, past participle bitten the bullet)

  1. (idiomatic) To endure a punishment or consequence with dignity or stoicism.
  2. (idiomatic) To accept a negative aspect of a situation in order to proceed.

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