Bite bullet

bullet

[bool-it]
noun
1.
a small metal projectile, part of a cartridge, for firing from small arms. See diag. under cartridge.
2.
a cartridge.
3.
a small ball.
4.
Printing. a heavy dot for marking paragraphs or otherwise calling attention to or itemizing particular sections of text, especially in display advertising.
5.
Cards. an ace.
verb (used without object), bulleted, bulleting.
6.
to move swiftly.
Idioms
7.
bite the bullet, to force oneself to perform a painful, difficult task or to endure an unpleasant situation: We'll just have to bite the bullet and pay higher taxes.

Origin:
1550–60; < Middle French boullette, equivalent to boulle ball (see bowl2) + -ette -ette

bulletless, adjective
bulletlike, adjective
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bullet (ˈbʊlɪt)
 
n
1.  a.  a small metallic missile enclosed in a cartridge, used as the projectile of a gun, rifle, etc
 b.  the entire cartridge
2.  something resembling a bullet, esp in shape or effect
3.  stock exchange a fixed interest security with a single maturity date
4.  commerce a security that offers a fixed interest and matures on a fixed date
5.  commerce
 a.  the final repayment of a loan that repays the whole of the sum borrowed, as interim payments have been for interest only
 b.  (as modifier): a bullet loan
6.  slang (Brit) dismissal, sometimes without notice (esp in the phrases getorgive the bullet)
7.  printing See centred dot
8.  bite the bullet See bite
 
[C16: from French boulette, diminutive of boule ball; see bowl²]
 
'bullet-like
 
adj

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bullet
1550s, from M.Fr. boulette "cannonball, small ball," dim. of boule "a ball" (13c.), from L. bulla "round thing, knob" (see bull (2)). Earliest version of bite the bullet recorded 1891, probably with a sense of giving someone something to clench in the teeth during a painful operation.
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