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a tough pill to swallow

Something, especially a fact or piece of news, that is unpleasant or difficult but which is unavoidable or must be accepted. It was a tough pill to swallow learning that my father's fortune had been squandered. Her recent breakup with Janet was a tough pill to swallow.
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The loss was a tough pill to swallow for some of the team's fans.
It may have been a tough pill to swallow, but Jeron Teng acknowledged Centro Escolar University came out the better team against Flying V in their semifinals series.
Losing a championship is often a tough pill to swallow.
It is a tough pill to swallow, but we make it work with open gyms, local tournaments, and base teams .
Donald Trump's head-scratch-inducing trip to Mexico to meet with the country's president, whom he's very excited to talk with, feels like a tough pill to swallow.
It was a tough pill to swallow for Hull, who would have deserved a point for their sheer endeavour had they managed to hold on, but United's patience was finally rewarded and it is they who join Chelsea at the top of the table.
I was crying at home and it was a tough pill to swallow.
To get so close to a victory is a tough pill to swallow, but that happens in football.
Losing is a tough pill to swallow, but that doesn't diminish the fact we were Pac-12 champions.
It was a tough pill to swallow but we've got to learn from it and come out firing.
It's a tough pill to swallow, but it's a long tournament, we just have to stay positive," added Hontiveros.
Davies added: "This whole thing is a tough pill to swallow but the way the rugby community has come out to show their support has been incredibly humbling and genuinely appreciated.
That must have come as a tough pill to swallow, as UBS thought it would not be fined after pleading guilty and promising to behave.
Many on the terraces argue the only way is up and I can only agree after being dealt a tough pill to swallow this season.
Defeat was a tough pill to swallow for Tonga, who recovered admirably after a woeful first half.