a hard pill to swallow

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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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If someone said, 'That's a hard pill to swallow', the person would in most cases not be alluding to bitter medicine (quinine being one of those that springs to mind immediately).
Vicente added that their choice to put in Lazaro, who was initially a reserve player, was a hard pill to swallow for Lazaro.
The preliminary design--about as long as a Brazil nut--may still be a hard pill to swallow.
Enjoying the craic at Ballybrit yesterday, Stephen admitted Poland had been a hard pill to swallow.
But if it puts off or denigrates the average man or woman who has a vocation to care for the sick, then I find it a hard pill to swallow.
To be ripped off by your family is a hard pill to swallow.
Coach Jim Lynch who guided the Eagles to the final after just six months in business, said: "Defeat is a hard pill to swallow but we will remember that next time out."
So I find Shavelson's trust in the wisdom of physicians a hard pill to swallow.