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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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In business, as in life, failure is a hard pill to swallow.
In the first half, they [Real] also got a decision going against their way," said Boussoufa, adding that even so it was a hard pill to swallow given the position they were in.
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.
We then got that pulled away from us and that was a hard pill to swallow.
He was also keen not to entirely dehumanise the show's characters, which can be a hard pill to swallow given a recent spate of Isis-driven attacks across Europe.
Vicente added that their choice to put in Lazaro, who was initially a reserve player, was a hard pill to swallow for Lazaro.
While getting confirmation that her husband is having a baby with another woman is a very hard pill to swallow, Lily will refuse to allow Cane to get off the hook for being a father simply because Juliet has made it clear she doesn't need him to be involved.
It's a hard pill to swallow, if you've got 70-odd caps for his country and not made a Lions tour.
However, introducing taxation in the GCC region may prove a hard pill to swallow for both citizens and non-citizens whose economic, political and social lives are based on a tax-free way of life.
Being described explicitly as 'the worst man in the world' may be a hard pill to swallow, but if it meant actor Hugh Laurie was in any capacity involved with BBC One's adaptation of The Night Manager, it was a cross he was willing to bear.
The preliminary design--about as long as a Brazil nut--may still be a hard pill to swallow.
The defeat was a hard pill to swallow for the Azkals who were looking to dominate and win the match convincingly having a 2-1-2 (win-draw-loss) record against 0-0-5 for the visitors.
The players are just as disappointed as the fans when we don't perform well, and Saturday was a hard pill to swallow.
It's a hard pill to swallow when you try to reflect on what's happened.
We did it but it wasn't easy, and missing out on promotion was a hard pill to swallow.