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pill

1. slang An unsavory, unpleasant, or difficult person. Tom is such a pill, but I have to work with him to get this project finished, unfortunately. Our three-year-old can be the sweetest little girl in the world, but she can be a real pill at times too.
2. informal Some fact or piece of information that is particularly bad, unpleasant, or dissatisfactory. Used in phrases such as "sweeten the pill" or "a bitter pill to swallow," etc. Getting a poor performance review was a bitter pill to swallow, but it made me a better worker. I have to tell my mom about wrecking her car, but I need to find a way to sweeten the pill first.
3. slang A barbiturate or amphetamine in tablet form. Usually used in the plural. I smoked a little weed when I was in college, but I never touched pills. Everyone at the rave was hopped up on pills.
4. slang Any ball used in sports. He hit the pill with such force that his bat shattered. My love of football started when I was a kid, when my dad would take me in the back yard to throw the pill around.

the pill

1. The birth control pill (an oral contraceptive that inhibits ovulation to prevent conception). I tried the pill for a while in college, but it really didn't agree with my body. A: "Why on worth wouldn't you use a condom, dude?" B: "She told me she was on the pill!"
2. Some fact or piece of information that is particularly bad, unpleasant, or dissatisfactory. Used exclusively in constructions like "sweeten the pill," "sugar-coat the pill," etc. The bosses are giving everyone an extra 10% bonus this year, but I suspect it's a way of sugar-coating the pill that there will be massive pay cuts in January. I have to tell my mom about wrecking her car, but I need to find a way to sweeten the pill first.
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pill

1. and the pill n. a birth control pill. (Always with the in this sense.) The pill has really changed my life.
2. n. a tobacco cigarette; a marijuana cigarette. I’ll trade you a pill for a match.
3. n. a drug in capsule form. The doctor prescribed these pills.
4. n. a football. Fred kicked the pill through the goal and won the game.

the pill

verb
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"Your scholars must have to take a lot of pills," remarked Dorothy, thoughtfully.
I believe the students would rather take the pills than study, and certainly the pills are a more effective method.
What would Sonya have done without the glad consciousness that she had not undressed during the first three nights, in order to be ready to carry out all the doctor's injunctions with precision, and that she still kept awake at night so as not to miss the proper time when the slightly harmful pills in the little gilt box had to be administered?
In spite of the many pills she swallowed and the drops and powders out of the little bottles and boxes of which Madame Schoss who was fond of such things made a large collection, and in spite of being deprived of the country life to which she was accustomed, youth prevailed.
"He must be a powerful Sorcerer!" exclaimed the Tin Woodman; "and since the powder proved a success we ought to have confidence in the pills."
"Then the pills are of no use to us," wailed the Pumpkinhead; "and this fact overwhelms me with grief.
"Now, Doctor," turning to me, "are those ordinary pills?"
"I will now cut one of these pills in two," said Holmes, and drawing his penknife he suited the action to the word.
She spoke of school, and of the automobile, and of how her head ached; but very soon her voice trailed into silence under the blessed influence of the little white pills she had swallowed.
"Well, ma'am, I'm willing to give her a pill, if you think best.
He had been made to accept Saunders McNitre, Luke Waters, Giles Jowls, Podgers' Pills, Rodgers' Pills, Pokey's Elixir, every one of her Ladyship's remedies spiritual or temporal.
Mr Twemlow returning to his sofa, lays down his aching head on its slippery little horsehair bolster, with a strong internal conviction that a painful interview is not the kind of thing to be taken after the dinner pills which are so highly salutary in connexion with the pleasures of the table.
"Would it be an indiscretion to ask to see those precious pills?" continued Beauchamp, hoping to take him at a disadvantage.
"They can't get rid of me and my Pill; they must take us.
"It is only a bread pill, you had much better take it; drink a little milk, my dear Duchess!"