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bitter pill

noun
1.
a distressing experience or result that is hard to accept (often in the expression a bitter pill to swallow):
Being passed over for promotion was a bitter pill to swallow.
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  • It was the bitter pill which the Deemster's doings made them swallow.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • But "making the best of it" is indeed a bitter pill, for she is not his style of woman.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton

    Laura Jean Libbey
  • I have swallowed the bitter pill and now I am gasping for breath.

  • It was a bitter pill to have to go down and consult with Canker, but he did not know what else to do.

    Under Fire Charles King
  • It was difficult to swallow this bitter pill which Providence had administered.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • A good story is like a bitter pill with the sugar coating inside of it.

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