take a/the bullet (for someone)

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take a/the bullet (for someone)

1. Literally, to jump in front of and absorb the impact of a bullet from a gun being fired at someone else. It's one of the basic duties of bodyguards to take the bullet for their clients if someone tries to kill them.
2. By extension, to accept or put oneself in the way of some misfortune, difficulty, blame, or danger as a means of protecting someone else. I don't know why you always feel like you have to take the bullet for your bosses when they screw up. They never reward your loyalty in any way. I used to take a lot of bullets when I worked as a PR representative for the senator.
See also: bullet, take
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Tight security measures were taken by the security forces around the hospital and bomb squad took the bullet for an inspection.
But then, as now, it was the messenger who took the bullet for embarrassing police and government.
The late SSP, Chaudhry Aslam, was under threat from the Taliban but still the Sindh government, instead of providing extra protection, three days ago took the bullet proof vehicle from him.
His common law wife took the bullet through her temple.
Surgeons at Camp Bastion took the bullet out and I don't know what they have done with it.
History does indeed show that the attempted assassination of Victoria was thwarted pretty much at source but the fact remains - whether he was hit or not - that Prince Albert took the bullet on behalf of his wife and she was wildly indebted to him thereafter.
Mr Jones said he took the bullet as a souvenir and he didn't have access to the gun.
And he made certain it was the other guy who took the bullet.
For some, history went back on track on March 30, 1981, when Ronald Reagan took the bullet and lived; for others, it never has.
Gavin's pal Michael Farrell looked with tears in his eyes at the coffin of his best friend who he says took the bullet for him.
A third knows that it could have been his name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, had it not been for the radio pack that took the bullet and saved his life.
James Taranto, who writes for the Wall Street Journal, made the remark in response to a story in the New York Post stating that three young men used their bodies as shields and took the bullets from Batman obsessed killer James Holmes intended for their loved ones.
he denied at first but later he admitted that he took the bullets for the sake of O.
Raglan Ashton, defending, said Russell, who now works as a chef, took the bullets "as a souvenir".
The robber at my end of the line took the bullets out to show me the gun was loaded then put them back in, put the gun to the back of my head, and cocked it.