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a tough 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 tough pill to swallow learning that my father's fortune had been squandered. Her recent breakup with Janet was a tough pill to swallow.
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A SEMI-FINAL defeat to the Gareth's Games winners, Special Olympics Isle of Man, was a tough pill to swallow for D Band who had steadily improved during the group stages of the competition held at Walton Sports Centre.
Davies added: "This whole thing is a tough pill to swallow but the way the rugby community has come out to show their support has been incredibly humbling and genuinely appreciated.
The 33-year-old player has been battling back injuries way back his days with the Jazz and he appreciates that his coach has been honest with how the team plans to use him this year, however, it has been one tough pill to swallow.
Fellow Kiwi Williams (above) said: "Mark is a very close mate of mine, so personally it was a tough pill to swallow.
Many on the terraces argue the only way is up and I can only agree after being dealt a tough pill to swallow this season.
There's other issues in the Bay though, as Phoebe insists that Kyle tell her everything that's happened, but the truth proves a tough pill to swallow.
12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthcare providers have a tough pill to swallow.
Defeat was a tough pill to swallow for Tonga, who recovered admirably after a woeful first half.
It would have been a tough pill to swallow if N'Zogbia, having finally started to show the form which presuaded Alex McLeish to shell out PS9.
It was a tough pill to swallow, it didn't go down easily," said William Kelberlan, a delegate from Williamson County.
It's a tough pill to swallow but it's not for lack of effort or desire within the team, we just couldn't find our rhythm this afternoon.
An HP without PCs would be a tough pill to swallow, to say nothing of the sudden disappearance of a promising WebOS.
It's not the outcome we wanted or the outcome we worked for all year, so obviously it's a tough pill to swallow," Quick said.
However, for the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association ( JKCA), the Services refusal was a tough pill to swallow.
However, waiting until the end of 20-year career and starting all over again at the bottom of a seniority list is a tough pill to swallow.