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a bitter pill

An unwanted or unpleasant situation that someone is forced to accept. A shortening of the phrase, "a bitter pill to swallow." When Brett's parents stopped giving him money to pay his bills and told him to get a job, it was a bitter pill for him to swallow. Getting a poor performance review was a bitter pill, but it made me a better worker.
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a bitter pill to swallow

An unwanted or unpleasant situation that someone is forced to accept. A pronoun for the person in such a situation can be mentioned between "pill" and "to," as in "a bitter pill for her to swallow." When Brett's parents stopped giving him money to pay his bills and told him to get a job, it was a bitter pill for him to swallow. Getting a poor performance review was a bitter pill to swallow, but it made me a better worker.
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a bitter pill to swallow

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a bitter pill

COMMON If a fact or a situation is a bitter pill to swallow or a bitter pill, it is difficult or unpleasant to accept. Their chief executive said the failure to win the contract was a bitter pill to swallow. I'm not going to tell you this is not a bitter pill for the armed forces, because clearly it is. Note: You can say that someone swallows a bitter pill if they have to accept something difficult or unpleasant. Our people have swallowed a bitter pill in accepting this peace agreement.
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a bitter pill (to swallow)

an unpleasant or painful necessity (to accept).
1996 European The move, while not entirely unexpected, has been a bitter pill to swallow.
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a bitter ˈpill (for somebody) (to swallow)

a thing that is very difficult or unpleasant to accept: He was a proud man, so having to ask for money must have been a bitter pill to swallow.
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To do so often causes the closing of inefficient plants, the dropping of unrewarding product lines, the cutback of unproductive cost centers, and--this is a bitter pill for many companies to swallow--the wipeout of a lot of executive perquisites.
But there exists a major provision in the Constitution which is a bitter pill for non-Muslims to swallow.
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That was what made it a bitter pill to swallow, the sublime irony or ironic completeness of it, being almost a carbon copy of his demolition of Hatton.
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Defeat will be a disaster for either June and being out of the Championship in June will be a bitter pill to swallow for the loser.
He said: "The delay in the process means the Government is saving around pounds 1bn in the short term but, at a time when they are looking at bringing forward public expenditure projects to provide jobs, it's a bitter pill to swallow.
"It does become a difficult environment to play in when you're 3-0 down at home but it's a bitter pill to swallow because it wasn't a 3-0 performance.
The Newport setback was a bitter pill to swallow for manager Dean Thomas and he'll be wanting a far more disciplined and committed performance from his lads this evening and more importantly the three points to help the Knitters get away from the lower reaches of the Premier Division table.
The healthy price is a bitter pill for finishers of store lambs who sold their stock during January and February for just pounds 25 to pounds 30 after buying them last autumn for pounds 40.
It was a bitter pill after all we had done for AIDS.
I know it's a bitter pill to swallow, but we are stuck with the responsibility for now.
Liverpool won the derby three nil Giving Everton a bitter pill Stevie G Scored all three Stevie Gerrard is a folk hero As all Liverpool fans know With Kenny Dalglish in charge Up the Premier League they should now march Liverpool have a dream To be England's number one team Of the derby game David Moyes said we only had ourselves to blame Jubilant Liverpool fans Clapped in appreciation with their hands Liverpool now aim for a Premier League top four As they want to enter Europe's top draw Are Liverpool now up?
The scientists said that considering the sugary taste of cyclodextrin, naringenin, the cause of the bitter taste in grapefruit, is "no longer such a bitter pill to swallow."
* SIR - Nick Clegg and David Cameron's rollicking dance of love and friendship makes good headlines and photo opportunities; but for those of us who hoped that the Liberals would act with integrity against the arms trade, against nuclear weapons, and against the war in Afghanistan it is a bitter pill to swallow.