grin and bear it

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of grin and bear it

: to accept something that one does not like because there is no choice
  • I don't agree with their decision, but all I can do is grin and bear it.

Word by Word Definitions

grin play
  1. : to draw back the lips so as to show the teeth especially in amusement or laughter

bear play
  1. : any of a family (Ursidae of the order Carnivora) of large heavy mammals of America and Eurasia that have long shaggy hair, rudimentary tails, and plantigrade feet and feed largely on fruit, plant matter, and insects as well as on flesh

  2. : a surly, uncouth, burly, or shambling person

  3. : one that sells securities or commodities in expectation of a price decline — compare bull

  1. : to accept or allow oneself to be subjected to especially without giving way

  2. : to call for as suitable or essential

  3. : assume, accept


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