To "bite the bullet" is to accept the inevitable impending hardship and endure the resulting pain with fortitude". The catch phrase came from Rudyard Kipling in his 1891 novel The Light that Failed. It supposedly came from the practice of having a patient bite a bullet between their teeth as a way to cope with the pain of a surgical procedure without anesthetic during the Civil War. I just cannot imagine.
Dating back to the Indian Rebellion of 1857 (in India, not here), the phrase was "bite a cartridge". The phrase "Chew a bullet" went back as far as 1796. Today, biting the bullet holds the same meaning ... coping with the pain of the procedure, mostly nowadays fueling up your rig or trying to buy a steak for Sunday dinner.
Such was the case yesterday, as I literally stuck a glove in my mouth to muffle the scream as I put fuel in my Jeep.
Don't bother telling me it's because I live in California, and obviously this is not due to the "summer vacation" crowd. Here's the breakdown:Fuel costs 10 months ago $2.29/gal