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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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com, said: "The news that British Gas is predicting a surge in profits will be a hard pill to swallow for its customers, especially as so many went cold last winter to cope with sky-high bills.
The players are just as disappointed as the fans when we don't perform well, and Saturday was a hard pill to swallow.
As a player and as a manager, I have always been successful so this is a hard pill to swallow.
It's a hard pill to swallow when you try to reflect on what's happened.
Abu Dhabi: Losing the opener to Kings XI Punjab even after scoring 205 runs must have been a hard pill to swallow for Chennai Super Kings, who are expected to come down hard on Delhi Daredevils in their Indian Premier League tie at the Shaikh Zayed Stadium on Monday.
We did it but it wasn't easy, and missing out on promotion was a hard pill to swallow.
That was a particularly hard pill to swallow as I am pregnant and going to be off work for maternity leave and will be without health insurance.
Here's a hard pill to swallow for practitioners of "soft" sciences: Behavioral studies statistically exaggerate findings more often than investigations of biological processes do, especially if U.
While this can be a hard pill to swallow for someone's own home, in this case as it is an inherited asset, it maybe that you would be prepared to be more willing to consider a sale at a reduced price.
It's been a hard pill to swallow for some of our decisionmakers," says Christine Goepfert, NPCA's Upper Midwest program manager and the coalition's co-leader.
It is a very hard pill to swallow, especially after being without the Worrall boys for the last two or three months and still coming out on top of the league table.
So it shouldn't be a hard pill to swallow, or a hard pizza to eat," he added.
I was interviewed by the BBC after the game and they said 'you must be happy with that result', but it's a pretty hard pill to swallow," Heaslip said.
It is a hard pill to swallow, but the experience will be invaluable to a young squad and it will help us massively.
The last six weeks have gone so quickly but we have played some really good cricket and to fall short was a hard pill to swallow.