bitter pill


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. bitter herb,
  2. bitter lake,
  3. bitter lakes,
  4. bitter melon,
  5. bitter orange,
  6. bitter pill to swallow,
  7. bitter principle,
  8. bitter rot,
  9. bitterbark,
  10. bitterbrush

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