bitter pill to swallow

bitter pill to swallow

Fig. an unpleasant fact that has to be accepted. (Does not involve pills or swallowing.) It was a bitter pill for her brother to swallow when she married his enemy. We found his deception a bitter pill to swallow.
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bitter pill to swallow

An unpleasant fact, disappointment, or humiliation that is difficult to endure. For example, Failing the bar exam was a bitter pill to swallow, but he plans to try again next year . [Late 1500s]
See also: bitter, pill, swallow
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Losing at Old Trafford is always a bitter pill to swallow.
Swinney said: "The cut of PS107million is substantially lower than the UK Government's original estimate but this still too bitter pill to swallow.
But that's a bitter pill to swallow, and AMs have their work cut out if it is to be sweetened in any way.
Many drivers would have found that a bitter pill to swallow, yet no sooner had the race ended than Rosberg was sportingly congratulating Hamilton.
He sacrificed his marriage for the job, so redundancy is a bitter pill to swallow.
gp y ive to their s - and that a bitter pill to But taking points off City would hand the title initiative to their hated rivals - and that would be a bitter pill to swallow.
Gh Juve, will have to settle for Europa League football in the new year, a bitter pill to swallow for the Italian champions.
Manager Burnett admitted that defeat was a bitter pill to swallow.
WIGAN 2 S'HAMPTON 2 SOUTHAMPTON striker Rickie Lambert described Shaun Maloney's late equaliser as a bitter pill to swallow after the Saints had to settle for a point against Wigan.
Sydney, Nov 20( ANI ): South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel has said claiming the wickets of Australian batsmen Ed Cowan and Michael Clarke on no ball deliveries in the drawn Gabba Test was a bitter pill to swallow.
Breaking up is hard to do, but hearing your hubby has held a torch for his current girl for years is a bitter pill to swallow, even if you are a movie star.
We're used to walking off the pitch, having inflicted the sort of defeat they inflicted upon us - so it was a very bitter pill to swallow.
Richard Weaver, capital markets partner at PwC, said: "It's a bitter pill to swallow for companies to be told that the value of their business has fallen dramatically from their initial valuation.
FOR a nation with as proud a sporting heritage as Australia, heavy defeat is a bitter pill to swallow.
After all the uproar over MPs' expenses, it makes even more of a bitter pill to swallow.