to bite the bullet

Idiom Definition

"to bite the bullet"

to accept something difficult or unavoidable in your life, prepare yourself for the hardship or pain and then do it;

to suffer in silence

Idiom Definition - to bite the bullet


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to bite the bullet

Two students are talking about a term paper that is due soon ...

Student 1:  Have you written that term paper that is due next week?

Student 2:  I haven't even started it yet.  It is so difficult and I have to read so many books.  That means that I will not be able to do the things I like to do. 

Student 1:  Well, I suppose it is time to just bite the bullet, accept that you will not party this weekend and write the paper.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to bite the bullet

A couple are talking about a sliver of wood that has been embedded in the husband's finger for several days ...

Husband:  My finger is giving me so much pain.

Wife:  We should take out the sliver.

Husband:  But you are going to have to cut my finger and then probe the cut with some tweezers until you can find the sliver.  It's going to hurt a lot.

Wife:  Do you want to continue to suffer with the sliver until it becomes infected?

Husband:  No!

Wife:  Well then, bite the bullet and let me take it out.

Sunday Fun Idiom

"to bite the bullet"

Sunday Fun Idiom - bite the bullet

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to bite the bullet - Gerund Form:

Biting the bullet and finally doing something that you have been avoiding can bring a sense of relief.

to bite the bullet - Examples:

1)  I bite the bullet when it is finally time to clean the garage.

2)  You bite the bullet when you must do something you really don't like.

3)  He bites the bullet every time he disagrees with the boss.

4)  She bites the bullet and does the huge pile of laundry.

5)  The union bites the bullet when negotiations cause a strike to be called.

6)  We bite the bullet when we know we can't win the game.

7)  You (all) bite the bullet when it is time to donate blood.

8)  They bite the bullet when share prices fall.

9)  At this point the refiners have to bite the bullet on margins a bit in order to keep throughput at the most profitable levels.

10)  The majority opinion at this point seems to be that writers need to bite the bullet and pay for professional editing.

11) You need to bite the bullet on this one and count it as a learning experience. 

12)  You've decided to bite the bullet and become a DJ against your parent's wishes, now what?

13)  After clearing it with Harry, Helen bites the bullet and accepts Tom's invitation to move in with him.

14)  It is time the government bites the bullet and faces the crisis squarely.

15)  In other parts of the world insurers and re-insurers are biting the bullet and getting past this difficult moment.

16)  It doesn't seem to have occurred to anyone that they should all be biting the bullet and increasing taxes, right across the board.

17)  For this reason men are biting the bullet, more and more often, and having their own hair removed.

18)  It might not be an easy topic to broach, but biting the bullet is the best way to solve the issue.

19) You might want to consider biting the bullet and being open about your sexuality. 

20)  So here I am, biting the bullet and officially giving up on it. Being sensible sucks.