bite the bullet
phrasal to enter with resignation upon a difficult or distressing course of action

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • bite the bullet — ► bite the bullet decide to do something difficult or unpleasant that one has been hesitating over. [ORIGIN: from the old custom of giving wounded soldiers a bullet to bite on when undergoing surgery without anaesthetic.] Main Entry: ↑bite …   English terms dictionary

  • bite the bullet — If you have to bite the bullet, you have to accept or face something unpleasant because it cannot be avoided …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • bite the bullet — [v] take it be forced, bow to fate, face the music*, have no choice, know no alternative, pay the piper*, stand up and take it, swallow the pill*, take one’s medicine*, take the rap; concepts 23,96 …   New thesaurus

  • bite the bullet — phrasal : to face up to an unpleasant situation by taking action we are now seeing responsible industries beginning to bite the bullet and clean up waste sites Harold Gershowitz * * * bite the bullet informal phrase to force yourself to do… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bite the bullet — To bite the bullet is to accept the consequences of a hard choice. [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=yNjM75ItNKAC pg=PA29 dq=bite+the+bullet+philosopher sig=zxV AuvTVtdhoqLrS iiCY07o2I#PPA28,M1 Thinking from A to Z p.28] ] It is derived… …   Wikipedia

  • bite the bullet —    If you have to bite the bullet, you have to accept or face something unpleasant because it cannot be avoided.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If you bite the bullet, you accept something unpleasant because you cannot avoid it.     If… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • bite the bullet —    to take a difficult or costly decision    A soldier being flogged was given a bullet to bite to prevent his crying out in pain. Today only metaphorical bullets are bitten:     I suppose he thought it would be best to bite the bullet and pay… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • bite the bullet — tv. to accept something difficult and try to live with it. □ You are just going to have to bite the bullet and make the best of it. □ Jim bit the bullet and accepted what he knew had to be …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • bite the bullet — to do or accept something difficult or unpleasant. We ve all experienced unpleasant moments when we had to bite the bullet and apologize for something we did. Etymology: based on the literal action of biting on bullets that was done by soldiers… …   New idioms dictionary

  • bite the bullet — try harder, be tougher    Bite the bullet during exam week. Don t party; just study …   English idioms

  • bite the bullet — endure in a difficult situation, face a difficult situation bravely I have decided to bite the bullet and begin studying for my Master s degree …   Idioms and examples

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