American Idiom: to bite the bullet

To bite the bullet means to make oneself to do something undesirable, unpleasant, or unavoidable.

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to bite the bullet

I don’t like his class, but I need it to graduate. I’ll just have to bite the bullet and take his class.

To bite the bullet means to make oneself to do something undesirable, unpleasant, or unavoidable.

Here are example sentences :

My car broke down in the middle of nowhere. Even though I knew I was overcharged, I had to bite the bullet and pay up.

I don’t want to call Jennifer to give her the bad news, but I should bite the bullet and let her know.

Let’s do an exercise to better remember the Idiom.

For each question, replace a word or words in a sentence with the idiom so that the meaning of the sentence is not changed. You have five seconds per question.

Question 1:

I had an unbearable toothache, so I forced myself to do something undesirable and visited a dentist. 

I had an unbearable toothache, so I bit the bullet and visited a dentist.

Question 2:

She hates math, but she forced herself and took the required math classes in order to graduate.

She hates math, but she bit the bullet and took the required math classes in order to graduate.

Practice makes perfect!

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