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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.
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.
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.
See also: pill
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