hard to swallow


Also found in: Wikipedia.

hard to swallow

Hard to believe or accept. The cost of childcare can be hard to swallow, but it's a necessary evil, unfortunately. We all found his story about finding $1,000 in a field rather hard to swallow.
See also: hard, swallow

hard to swallow

mod. difficult to believe. Your story is pretty hard to swallow, but I am beginning to believe it.
See also: hard, swallow
References in classic literature ?
She went very slowly across the room, for pride was hard to swallow, and stood by him, but he did not turn his head.
Newman said to himself that her daughter had been announcing her engagement and that the old lady found the morsel hard to swallow.
She tried very hard to swallow something that was not there.
disco ins Bscb t se fo the It's a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch, but it's been available for free on the PC for many years and some will find the PS40 price tag hard to swallow.
Sitting out this one is going to be hard to swallow because I miss the chance to play against my former Tranmere team-mate Ben Chorley,
However, the teams that have reached cup finals and even won cups makes it doubly hard to swallow when you look at the way he has been scared to field decent teams on the orders of the club.
While some tough decisions might be a little hard to swallow now," said Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm.
As a lifelong Labour supporter I find this very hard to swallow.
I KNOW it's hard to swallow your pride when over 420 British servicemen and women have sacrificed their lives for the sake of I'm not sure what, but when is the government going to realise that the Taliban will never ever be beaten.
In the end the home side had to settle for one kick plus a late touchdown by Vinnie Dutton and a third defeat was hard to swallow.
I TOTALLY agree with David from Sheldon who is finding his frustration with the 73 a little hard to swallow (Letters, October 5).
The multitude of girls who play football would justifiably find this hard to swallow.
While Clemons' daughter may or may not have choked on a chicken bone, it's clear that the punishment in this case is sure hard to swallow.
MAGICIAN Jack Wise is finding the Government law banning swords hard to swallow.
Listening to post colonial culture and century-old attitudes towards those who protected the country for the last 8,000 or so years, is very hard to swallow.