the pill


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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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Reflecting the classic approach to medical compliance, which implicitly measures patients "deviance" from a pre scribed medical rule, most studies have defined inconsistent use of the pill as missing at least one pill during a cycle.
The new research is in stark contrast to previous health scares about the Pill, including the risk of blood clots.
The risk returns to normal when women stop taking the pill. (5) Low-dose pills, moreover, cause abortions much more often.
The companies plan to file a marketing application with the Food and Drug Administration in the second quarter; if approved as expected, the pill could be available by the end of the year.
The most serious side effect of the pill continues to be an increased risk of cardiovascular disease in certain groups, such as women who smoke, women over age 35, obese women and those with a history of high blood pressure, diabetes or elevated cholesterol levels.
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While books and flyers making claims I about the abortifacient properties of the Pill have been circulating at anti-abortion rallies and conservative conventions for years (I first saw anti-Pill propaganda at a Washington, D.C., Promise Keepers rally in 1997), only lately have they burst into the mainstream.
Dunking the pills in a creamy salad dressing lubricates the pill.
In his experience, the pelvic exam almost never turns up any contraindication to the pill.
As long as you are in good health, continuing to train can actually counteract many of the potentially adverse effects of the pill.
While in the Netherlands, pill testing is part of official drug policy elsewhere it is merely tolerated.For the pill testing projects, social workers work with psychologists and chemists.
But this can actually be dangerous, say experts, because tilting your head back opens the trachea (windpipe), making it all the more likely for the pill to go down the wrong pipe, blocking your breathing and causing you to choke.
New rules in the UK governing the availability of the pill came into effect on New Year's day.
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