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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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It's a tough pill to swallow when you remember that the people who matter most won't be there on your big day, won't get to fulfil the roles they no doubt imagined since you were a little girl.
"It was a pretty tough pill to swallow that, yeah, when we were looking pretty likely with Trent bowling pretty well."
Realistically McCullum's prediction was a tough pill to swallow for the country's hyper fans who reacted angrily as it was expected.
"It was definitely something that was a tough pill to swallow.
That is the biggest worry because to get to a Champions League final and then get beaten by another team from the Premier League is a tough pill to swallow."
It's undoubtedly a tough pill to swallow forArsenal, who are preparing for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final in Valencia on Thursday night.
It was a tough pill to swallow for Far Eastern University after it blew its chance to climb to the no.2 spot in the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball tournament.
In the short term, that may be a tough pill to swallow. But Mesnard said he's OK with that, so long as taxpayers are "equal or better off than they were," even if that means waiting to provide tax relief until 2020.
According to the insider, Bieber and Baldwin's engagement was reportedly a "tough pill to swallow" for Gomez, but "it wasn't enough to break her."
It would have been a tough pill to swallow for Connacht had they lost it at the death.
Cinderford 38 BIRMINGHAM MOSELEY 14 By DAVID LAWRENCE mail.sport@birminghammail.co.uk MOSELEY full-back Mike Penn admitted losing to Cinderford in the final game of the year at Dockham Road was a tough pill to swallow.
And the Obama economy was a tough pill to swallow. Tax hikes.
The thought of Edwards crossing the border to join Eddie Jones' coaching team would be a tough pill to swallow for most Welsh rugby fans, but former Northampton and Lions scrum-half Dawson, who played under Edwards at Wasps, believes that England would thrive under the former rugby league star's coaching.
And when you lose in the first round, that's 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 ...