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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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