bite the bullet

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To accept a negative aspect of a situation in order to continue moving forward.

Etymology:

  • Possibly from the reported practice of soldiers biting a bullet to avoid crying out in pain, usually during a medical procedure or punishment.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'bite the bullet':

bite the bulletTo endure a punishment or consequence with dignity or stoicism.
Bite the BulletTo gather courage and face something that is painful and endures the difficulty for some reason, to face a situation unwillingly, as there is no other option left
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