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    Question bite the bullet

    i heard this idiom in a political podcast. "obama was biting the bullet". so guys i just want to know if the podcaster was saying bad words about obama or he just was kidding?

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    Re: bite the bullet

    it was a serious podcast though i don't think he was telling a joke. although he was talking about the war against isis, the financial crisis, and other difficulties

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    Re: bite the bullet

    It means that he has to accept some truths that may be unpleasant: https://www.usingenglish.com/referen...he+bullet.html

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    Re: bite the bullet

    I heard this idiom in a political podcast. "Obama was biting the bullet". So guys, I just want to know if the podcaster was saying bad words about Obama or if he just was kidding.


    It was a serious podcast though I don't think he was telling a joke (no full stop here) although he was talking about the war against Isis, the financial crisis, and other difficulties​.

    Fish-able, you must start every sentence with a capital letter, capitalise "I" and proper nouns, and end every sentence with a single, appropriate punctuation mark. If you don't follow the most basic rules of written English, you will find that we will stop being so keen to help you.
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    Re: bite the bullet

    Quote Originally Posted by fish-able View Post
    i heard this idiom in a political podcast. "obama was biting the bullet". so guys i just want to know if the podcaster was saying bad words about obama or he just was kidding?
    It is not a joke, but an idiom. In the days before anesthesia surgery was extremely painful. Patients were often given a lead bullet to bite on as a means of helping them to endure the pain without screaming. So "bite the bullet" means to undergo a very unpleasant experience.

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    Re: bite the bullet

    However, these days (in BrE, at least), it is used to mean to decide to do something even though it might be unpleasant, uncomfortable or difficult.

    I have to tell my boyfriend that I want to break up with him. I've been putting it off for weeks but I've decided to bite the bullet and tell him tonight.
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