a hard pill to swallow

(redirected from hard pill to swallow)
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

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.
See also: hard, pill, swallow
References in periodicals archive ?
I would argue that with a wee bit of luck we could still be unbeaten but instead we are sitting on no points and it's a really hard pill to swallow."
Having a third party examine your shortcomings can be a hard pill to swallow. No matter.
Brexit is a hard pill to swallow: just look at the front cover of the British Medical Journal on 17th November 2018.
Anti-EU campaign and Brexit promise, which has now become a hard pill to swallow for Britain, brought the Conservative party to power.
"We were practising for about six months, once you get out of that bubble it's a hard pill to swallow."
"Its a hard pill to swallow and we have to learn from it.
Staying put can be a hard pill to swallow when you have a personality that wants to explore.
Abu Dhabi: Four-time champion Japan's 3-1 loss to Qatar was a hard pill to swallow but their manager Hajime Moriyasu didn't shy away from accepting that they were beaten by the "best team" in the Asian Cup.
Kenzie always believed that her mom would put her survival first, and it was a hard pill to swallow when she put the corporation above rescuing her daughter.
For some, admitting one's shortcomings and going about in changing them may be a hard pill to swallow. But for Twitter, who vowed to create a safer space for its users last March, it looks like it may be serious in its promise through its latest initiative.
"It could have been a whole lot worse but I had a great book of rides there next week and it's going to be a hard pill to swallow."
Not only is that a hard pill to swallow, Rizvis vast column writing opus clearly denies his claim.
This may be a hard pill to swallow because of the breed's success as a harness racehorse thanks to its ability to trot or pace in harness.
In business, as in life, failure is a hard pill to swallow. The fear of failure can be a motivator but it can also be debilitating -- somewhere in the middle is a good place to be.
"I'm trying to not let it consume me and we did have some laughs, but we were really anxious about coming back and it's been a hard pill to swallow."