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The bullets of the posse had neither torn a tendon nor broken a bone.

The bullets of Allister and Clune might have gone home— they were intended to kill, not to wound.

When Yates reached the tent, he found it empty and torn by bullets.

Bullets were flying in all directions, and there was no question of shelter.

The bullets of the enemy made "watery flashes" on all sides.

Still his bullets fell in the center of the crouching party.

Besides, they can rake us with bullets from ambush, while we're climbing up the ridge.

My own skin has been broken, but just barely, four times by bullets.

Their clothing was torn by bullets and reddened by dripping wounds.

Dick, reckless of shell and bullets, tried to pierce the cloud with his eyes.

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, from Middle French boulette "cannonball, small ball," diminutive of boule "a ball" (13c.), from Latin bulla "round thing, knob" (see bull (n.2)). Earliest version of bite the bullet recorded 1891, probably with a sense of giving someone a soft lead bullet to clench in the teeth during a painful operation.

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