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Fun Fact August 19, 2020.

19 August 2020


Hold on, today we’re going to bite the bullet.  Basically it means to endure something unpleasant that is inevitable or unavoidable.  The phase was first used in the 1891 novel, The Light That Failed, by Rudyard Kipling.  Most agree that the phrase arose from the practice of a patient clenching a bullet between their teeth to endure the pain of a surgical procedure without the benefit of an anesthetic.  The evidence of biting a bullet rather than a leather strap is sparse and some believe that the phrase may have come from the British saying to chew a bullet which dates back to 1796.