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a bitter pill (to swallow)

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englisha bitter pill (to swallow)a bitter pill (to swallow)UNPLEASANTsomething very unpleasant that you must accept The knowledge that his friends no longer trusted him was a bitter pill to swallow. bitter
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a bitter pill (to swallow)It was a bitter pill for the 117 men listed to swallow with their Thanksgiving turkey yesterday.Losing the business was a bitter pill to swallow.It was a bit of a blow, a bitter pill to swallow.
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