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Re: "bite the billet"

Posted by Gary Martin on December 18, 2005

In Reply to: "Bite the billet" Posted by Philip Stokes on December 17, 2005

: I thought that "bite the bullet" was a corruption of "bite the billet" as in a billet of wood. It seems to make more sense.

'Bite the billet' isn't really a phrase in our language. Google can only find 138 "bite the billet" and many of those a typing errors, as opposed to more than million "bite the bullet".

There's no entry for 'bite the billet' in any reference I have, including the OED. Taking a wild stab here, I'd guess you made this up yourself.

Alternatively 'bite the bullet' has some pedigree.