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  • Hello! This is The English We Speak, I'm Feifei.

  • And I'm Rob.

  • We may sound a little different. That's because we are not able to record in our normal studios during the coronavirus outbreak.

  • This programme comes with a safety warning!

  • It involves bullets.

  • Well, not real ones. That would be dangerous.

  • Toy bullets, just to illustrate the point.

  • Bullets! What English expression mentions bullets?!

  • I'ill explain. And, Rob, you can help.

  • Here is a toy bullet.

  • Where did you get that from?!

  • Don't ask.

  • Now, Rob, would you put it between your teeth, please?

  • What? Are you crazy?!

  • Please, Rob. It would really help our audience.

  • OK, Feifei! Here goes... Right, I am biting the bullet.

  • So, Rob, you are being brave and forcing yourself to do something unpleasant, but necessary.

  • I didn't force myself, you told me to do it!

  • Sorry, Rob, I can't understand you.

  • But when someone 'bites the bullet', they are forced to do, or accept that they have to do something difficult or unpleasant.

  • Let's hear some examples of other people who have to bite the bullet.

  • I have a pile of work to finish, so I'm going to have to work all night - I guess I'll have to bite the bullet.

  • If I'm going get fit, I'll have to bite the bullet and start going to the gym. Urghh!

  • If you want to start dating Jitka, you're going to have to bite the bullet and ask her out!

  • This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English, and we're talking about the expression 'to bite the bullet'.

  • It describes having to do something unpleasant or difficult, but necessary.

  • So, can I stop biting a bullet now, please?

  • Not yet, Rob. What you are doing is 'necessary'.

  • Yes, but it's not easy speaking with a bullet in your mouth.

  • Exactly! Peace and quiet.

  • But careful, Rob, don't swallow it, otherwise things could get very unpleasant.

  • Thanks for the advice, Feifei... ooops.

  • Bye, Rob.

  • Bye.

Hello! This is The English We Speak, I'm Feifei.

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