stick in (one's) gullet

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stick in (one's) gullet

For something to bother one after it has happened, because it seems wrong or one cannot accept it. The way that Bob was fired has stuck in his gullet all these years. If it had been handled differently, I don't think it would have affected him as much. Her comment really stuck in my gullet. She was really out of line to say that.
See also: gullet, stick
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To whom, while sickly with the fancy of an insoluble pill sticking in his gullet, and also with the sensation of a deposit of warm gum languidly wandering within him a little lower down, a servant enters with the announcement that a lady wishes to speak with him.
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