rip the band-aid off

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rip the band-aid off

To do something painful or unpleasant very quickly so that the discomfort, while typically more intense, is short-lived. "Band-Aid" is a brand of adhesive bandages, so it is sometimes capitalized in this usage. You just need to rip the Band-Aid off and tell them the bad news. I tend to obsess about things if I don't take decisive action, so I try to rip the band-aid off whenever I can.
See also: off, rip
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