Bite the Bullet

What does the idiom “Bite the Bullet” mean?


To do something even though it involves pain, discomfort, or difficulty

For example:

“I guess I might as well bite the bullet and go and talk to the boss about my failure. I’ll have to do it sooner or later.”


A possible origin for this idiom was the practice of surgeons in pre-anesthesia days who would give patients a bullet to bite on to stop them from screaming and distract the from the pain.