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Bite the Bullet
Bite the Bullet English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn English meaning of ‘bite the bullet’

Date: May 02 2017

Themes: Party, Romance, Soap Opera

Grammar: Definite & Indefinite Articles

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Do you fret about being angry with people? Maybe, you and your best friend are mad at each other. It probably doesn’t even matter why you are angry. You both have hurt feelings. What do you do in a situation like this? It’s easy to stay mad, but then you may lose your best friend. How can you both become friendly again? It might be time to bite the bullet and apologize.

When you bite the bullet, you do something that you don’t want to do. But you do it because you feel you need to do it. For example, you might think you are right, and your best friend is wrong. But if you want to stay friends, you won’t fight. Even though you think you’re right, you’ll bite the bullet and tell your friend that you’re sorry. Maybe, your friend will come to the same conclusion and apologize to you, too.

Jordin is going to bite the bullet and tell Sheila that she’s sorry for kissing Andy. Will Sheila also apologize to her? Find out in today’s English soap opera.

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Dialog

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Jordin

Jordin

Dominique

Dominique

Kelsey

Kelsey

Andy_H

Andy_H

Andy_H:  It’s her! Sheila!

Kelsey:  Sheila!!!

Dominique:  Sheila!!!

Kelsey:  Maybe, we should give them a moment.

Dominique:  That’s a good idea.

Kelsey:  I’m glad you came, Jordin.

Jordin:  Yeah, I decided I needed to bite the bullet and apologize to Sheila.

Dominique:  That’s a good idea.

Kelsey:  I agree.

Jordin:  I don’t like feeling like people are mad at me. So, I’m just going to apologize, and then we can move on with things.

Kelsey:  Yay! It’ll be so nice to have everyone here and friendly again.

Jordin:  Even though, I actually think she needs to apologize to me, too.

Dominique:  She did seem to overreact to things.

Jordin:  I can understand her being angry with me, but she just got so mad and then just left.

Kelsey:  Well, maybe, she’ll bite the bullet and apologize, too.

Dominique:  Yeah, perhaps, maybe, she came to the same conclusion and will also apologize.

Jordin:  We’ll see. I’m just happy to, hopefully, not have to fret over this anymore.

TO BE CONTINUED

 

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There is a knock on the door. Andy jumps up and runs to give Sheila a hug. Kelsey and Dominique come to say hi, but Andy and Sheila are still hugging. They decide to give them a moment and go into the other room. Jordin tells them that she’s going to bite the bullet and apologize to Sheila. Kelsey and Dominique think this is a good idea.

Jordin just wants everyone to be friendly again. Kelsey agrees. However, Jordin thinks that Sheila should tell her sorry, too. Sheila got so angry and overreacted before she had all the information. Kelsey thinks Sheila might come to the same conclusion and apologize, too. No matter what, Jordin is ready to move on and not be mad anymore.

When did you have to bite the bullet? Did you ever apologize for something you weren’t sorry about?

 

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allenzhaojl

China

I bit the bullet when I said I wanted to hang out with a girl, even just for a school project.

12:09 AM May 04 2017 |

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La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

That reminds me of yesterday. I had a situation and then realized I might have unintentionally said something that hurt someone, so I decided to apologize, but I couldn’t connect the idea that I was being misunderstood. I bit the bullet and made the intiative and they didn’t come to the same conclusion. And I really don’t want to give another try after I had been aggressively answered today :(

01:47 PM May 02 2017 |

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a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I lived in a dorm for a while and sometimes i needed to bite the bullet and tot to say anything.sometimes when i want to have my friend i apologize even though i am right.

08:56 AM May 02 2017 |

hermitlady

China

Yes. It was just this situation that happened recently . it was about my work and my boss.


My boss is our( me and my colleagues) acquaintance.  He was ever my teacher.  We all know his wife who was called our sister-in-law.  Sometimes, we all went to their home and had dinner which were prepared by our sister-in-law.


But recently we heard a surprise thing that our boss had a extramarital lover who had been pregnant. Unexpectedly, our boss not only betrayed his wife also wanted to have that children.  We all were angry. Thought his wife hadn’t knew that thing at all.


Someday, our boss took that woman who was said to be a prostitute  to our office. I felt angry. My other two colleagues didn’t want to work at all. We all have no mind to work at all. The atmosphere in the office was every uncomfortable.  Finally I couldn’t help standing out to tell our boss: “what do you want to do taking such a woman in our office and disturbing our work”?


Our boss turned angry from shame.  He immediately went out with that woman and then told me angrily,” just do your own work, don’t meddle. “



I knew I had meddled.  It really had no matter with me. But I knew I was not wrong.  Though, when I was calm down I apologized to him.  I had to bite the bullet. I had to admit that it was the reality. 

01:11 AM May 02 2017 |

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