Idiom of the Day – “Bite the Bullet”

“Bite the Bullet”means to make yourself do or accept something that is difficult or unpleasant. “I’m just going to have to bite the bullet and pay the additional taxes.”

Origin: ” “This expression comes from the medical profession. During the nineteenth century surgeons were often called on to perform amputation . .  on the battlefield when no anesthesia was available. So the patient would be given a bullet and told to bite hard upon it. The theory was that this. . .would serve to distract somewhat from the attention paid by the patient to the pain of the operation. The basic meaning of the expression bite the bullet is that one must act with courage and avoid any show of fear. Rudyard Kipling said it well in his “The Light That Failed”: “Bite on the bullet old man, and don’t let them think you’re afraid.”(Source: Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins)

Related idioms: see Military Idioms for other expressions involving weapons and war.