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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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.
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.
But for many of those who might reap the benefits, this biotechnology has been a hard pill to swallow.