a hard pill to swallow

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a hard pill to swallow

Something, especially a fact or piece of news, that is unpleasant or difficult but which is unavoidable or must be accepted. It was a hard pill to swallow learning that my father's fortune had been squandered. Her recent breakup with Janet was a hard pill to swallow.
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Enjoying the craic at Ballybrit yesterday, Stephen admitted Poland had been a hard pill to swallow.
But if it puts off or denigrates the average man or woman who has a vocation to care for the sick, then I find it a hard pill to swallow.
To be ripped off by your family is a hard pill to swallow.
It's a hard pill to swallow when you are going to take prime agricultural land and fill it with parking spaces,'' Parks said of plans to develop the property.
Coach Jim Lynch who guided the Eagles to the final after just six months in business, said: "Defeat is a hard pill to swallow but we will remember that next time out.
So I find Shavelson's trust in the wisdom of physicians a hard pill to swallow.
But for many of those who might reap the benefits, this biotechnology has been a hard pill to swallow.
That was a hard pill to swallow,'' Berthelette said, recalling his team's experience in Sydney - in particular a setback against the U.