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Bite the bullet


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Hi everyone, this is Jennifer Yoo and welcome to ENGLISH WITH YOO! 안녕하세요 English with Yoo! 의 Jennifer Yoo입니다.



오늘의 영어 표현은 Bite the bullet 입니다.

Let’s talk about what ‘bite the bullet’ means and when you can use it. Listen carefully to today’s conversation. 그럼 오늘의 대화를 들어보면서 ‘bite the bullet’ 가 무슨 뜻인지 알아 보겠습니다. 잘 들어보세요.

Bite the bullet
Jen: Hey, how are you these days and how is everything at work?
Darryl: I’m hanging in there. But as you know, our company has been trying very hard to increase and maximize sales in a down economy and it’s tough!
Jen: Oh man, your company is still suffering huh?
Darryl: Yes, and unfortunately, I was forced to bite the bullet and proceed with layoffs.

제가 Darryl에게 “Hey, how are you these days and how is everything at work?" 오랜만이다. 요즘 잘 지내? 일 하는건 괜찮고? 라고 물어보자, Darryl는 “I’m hanging in there. 응, 그럭저럭 잘 지내고 있어.But as you know, our company has been trying very hard to increase and maximize sales in a down economy and it’s tough. 그런데 너도 알다시피 경기가 안 좋지만, 우리 회사는 판매액을 최대한 끌어올리려고 무척 노력하고 있어, 그런데 그게 그리 쉽지가 않아.”라고 답하고 있네요. 제가 Darryl에게 “Oh man, your company is still suffering huh? 오 이런, 회사가 계속 어렵구나?”라고 묻고 있고, Darryl는 “Yes, and unfortunately, I was forced to bite the bullet and proceed with layoffs 응, 어쩔 수 없이 해고를 계속 해야 해”라고 하며 안타까워하고 있어요.

Bite the bullet
Jen: Hey, how are you these days and how is everything at work?
Darryl: I’m hanging in there. But as you know, our company has been trying very hard to increase and maximize sales in a down economy and it’s tough!
Jen: Oh man, your company is still suffering huh?
Darryl: Yes, and unfortunately, I was forced to bite the bullet and proceed with layoffs.

오늘의 영어표현은 ‘Bite the bullet’입니다. When you have to bite the bullet, it means that you have to force yourself to do something unpleasant or difficult situation. It can also mean that you have to be brave in a difficult situation.

Bite the bullet은 ‘하기 싫지만, 꼭 해야 할 일이나 어려운 일을 이를 악물고 하다, 힘겨운 상황을 꿋꿋하게 이겨내다’라는 뜻입니다. 예전에 군대에 진통제가 부족할 때는 수술 중 극심한 통증을 이겨내게 하려고 의사가 환자에게 총알을 물고 있게 했다고 합니다. 그러면 수술 도중에 환자가 주의를 다른 데로 돌리게 돼서 고통도 잊을 수 있고 조용해지기 때문이었죠. 여기서 오늘의 표현인 Bite the bullet이 나온 것입니다. 그럼 오늘의 영어 표현 ‘Bite the bullet 꾹 참고 하다, 이를 악물고 하다’ 꼭 기억해 두시고요. Let’s listen to the conversation for the last time.

Bite the bullet
Jen: Hey, how are you these days and how is everything at work?
Darryl: I’m hanging in there. But as you know, our company has been trying very hard to increase and maximize sales in a down economy and it’s tough!
Jen: Oh man, your company is still suffering huh?
Darryl: Yes, and unfortunately, I was forced to bite the bullet and proceed with layoffs.

오늘의 영어 표현, ‘Bite the bullet 꾹 참고 하다,이를 악물고 하다’ 잘 기억해 두시고요. The day when your dreams are realized comes if you bite the bullet under any difficult situations!

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