a tough pill to swallow

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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The loss was a tough pill to swallow for some of the team's fans.
Donald Trump's head-scratch-inducing trip to Mexico to meet with the country's president, whom he's very excited to talk with, feels like a tough pill to swallow.
For a some Most Valuable Players, the notion of being put in a supporting role may be a tough pill to swallow.
For us as players, and also the fans, because we were in fourth place for so long and looking so strong when in that position, then it is a tough pill to swallow.
For a lot of teachers, giving that up is a tough pill to swallow.
It's a good thing that the National Academy of Sciences has experience with medicine because having to publish statistics that refute its members' own errant beliefs is obviously proving to be a tough pill to swallow.
It's a tough pill to swallow, especially if your heart remains with that organization.
Nelson's attachment to Ireland from his early days as a professional and his affiliation with John Kavanagh will make his withdrawal a tough pill to swallow for a lot of Irish fans.
Patterson said: "We're a bit battered and bruised and relegation is a tough pill to swallow.
Sure, it's a tough pill to swallow,'' said McCarron, who couldn't win despite shooting 69-65-65-71, his best showing ever at a Nissan Open.
Fellow Kiwi Williams (above) said: "Mark is a very close mate of mine, so personally it was a tough pill to swallow.
Bill said if I hadn't quit, he would have fired Orla - that is a tough pill to swallow.