Where does the saying bite the bullet come from?

Bite the Bullet means to accept something that is difficult or unpleasant. During wars, there was no time to administer anesthesia before emergency surgery during battle. The surgeon made patients bite down on a bullet in an attempt to distract them from the pain. Ouch!

 

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2 thoughts on “Where does the saying bite the bullet come from?

  1. Very interesting! I love finding out where sayings come from!

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