every bullet has its billet
- Fate determines who shall be killed; quot. 1922 implies more generally that fate plays a part in all human affairs.
1575 G. GASCOIGNE Fruits of War I. 155 Suffiseth this to proove my theame withall, That every bullet hath a lighting place.
1765 WESLEY Journal 6 June (1912) V. 130 He never received one wound. So true is the odd saying of King William [III], that ‘every bullet has its billet’.
1922 JOYCE Ulysses 366 The ball rolled down to her as if it understood. Every bullet has its billet.
1932 R. C. WOODTHORPE Public School Murder XI. iv. 237 It is said that every bullet finds its billet. I am afraid this is yet another instance of a shaft at random sent finding a mark the archer never meant.
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