Did you know…?
… that ‘biting the bullet’ started in 19thcentury in medical practice.
A wounded soldier was given a bullet to bite before he was operated on without anaesthetics on the battlefield. Biting on a soft lead bullet was the way of dealing with pain. It kept the soldier from screaming, which would distract the surgeon during the operation.
Today it means to prepare for unpleasant experience; to brace yourself to endure something painful but necessary