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.

Examples of grin and bear it in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another possible response to this state of affairs is to grin and bear it. Lane Kenworthy, Foreign Affairs, 6 Dec. 2013 Put that dress on, grin and bear it, and be polite and gracious on her wedding day. Shon Faye, Vogue, 2 Nov. 2023 So much of Auder’s pain comes from having to grin and bear it because at least, then, the pain is hers. Jessica Ferri, Washington Post, 1 May 2023 No longer are athletes forced to grin and bear it through administrative turmoil, coaching turnover, or lack of playing time. Xander Peters, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Feb. 2022 Regardless of whether the comparison is fair, the U.S. Marines will have to grin and bear it. Michael Peck, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Most progressives had opted to grin and bear it, taking the victory of a significant—albeit far smaller than originally hoped—investment. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 4 Oct. 2022 If all else is going well, we’re expected to grin and bear it. Essence, 23 Sep. 2022 My heart goes out to all who have to grin and bear it, or grimace and bear it. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 29 June 2022

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“Grin and bear it.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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