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take (one's) medicine

To accept and do what has to without complaint or protest, especially when it is unpleasant or difficult. Though he didn't agree with the two-game suspension, he took his medicine and didn't gripe about it to the media. Hopefully the election result will send a clear message to the losing party, and they'll finally take their medicine and do what's right for the country.
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take one's medicine

Fig. to accept the consequences or the bad fortune that one deserves. (Alludes to having to take unpleasant-tasting medicine.) I know I did wrong, and I know I have to take my medicine. Billy knew he was going to get spanked, and he didn't want to take his medicine.
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take one's medicine

Put up with unpleasantness, learn one's lesson. For example, After failing math, he had to take his medicine and go to summer school. This idiom uses medicine in the sense of "a bitter-tasting remedy." [Mid-1800s]
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take your ˈmedicine (like a ˈman)

(usually humorous) accept something unpleasant, for example, punishment, without protesting or complaining: He really hates shopping, but he goes anyway and takes his medicine like a man.
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Listen to your child's feelings about taking medicine and find out why she won't take her medicine.
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A study at the Given Health Care Center at the University of Vermont, in which 100 patients were given copies of their own records, found that 84 percent were more careful about taking medicine prescribed for them, and 97 percent worried less about their health care.
The police was told that Singh suffered a stroke earlier and had been taking medicine. Singh was taken to a hospital, where a doctor confirmed his death.
And keep taking medicine even if not having any medical condition.
Sometimes, no matter how careful you are taking medicine and avoiding triggers, you may have an asthma attack.
All those who died were heart patients and had been taking medicine to stabilise the heartbeat.
He strongly supports the advice given in the leaflet that drivers taking medicine should always check with their doctor or pharmacist before they drive.
"Our advice on taking medicine during the current swine flu outbreak is really the same as it always is - only take medicines that are prescribed for you by a healthcare professional, only buy medicines from a source you know you can trust, such as your local pharmacy, and never take anyone else's medication.
It's about making the act of taking medicine fun for kids--less of a chore and more of a treat," says Jill Addeo, president and co-founder of the New York-based company.