a bitter pill to swallow

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a bitter pill to swallow

"a bitter pill to swallow"

an unpleasant fact, disappointment, or humiliation that is difficult to endure


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a bitter pill to swallow

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How many years have you been working at this company?

Colleague 2:  Seventeen.

Colleague 1:  And they just let you go without warning?

Colleague 2:  No warning and I have been doing some of my best work lately.  I have always worked hard and performed well.

Colleague 1:  That must be a bitter pill to swallow.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a bitter pill to swallow

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I devoted my life to my husband. I raised our children and kept the house. I gave up my career. And now I learn that my husband is having an affair with a much younger woman. My husband tells me he is going to leave me.

Friend 2:  That is a bitter pill to swallow.

Friend 1:  I feel like crying all the time.

a bitter pill to swallow - Usage:


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a bitter pill to swallow - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a bitter pill to swallow.

a bitter pill to swallow - Examples:

1)  ... the alleged corrupt practices of their star cricketers will be a bitter pill to swallow, given all that Pakistan cricket has gone through in the past few years.

2)  The cost to try to break a transaction is a bitter pill to swallow, but the alternatives may be worse. The penalty will likely be the loss ...

3)  For many this is a bitter pill to swallow because they have spent a large part of their lives trying to avoid it!

4)  Failure is a bitter pill to swallow.

5)  It's a bitter pill to swallow but it's something we will try and manage.

6)  ... said the loss of Allen just hours before the game was a bitter pill to swallow and made their game against a star-studded Belgium an ever tougher proposition.

7)  ... want to step up to the challenge because it's such a bitter pill to swallow if they don't succeed.

8)  Investment without reward will be a bitter pill to swallow after years of sustained effort.

9)  It's a bitter pill to swallow when a man turns out to be nothing like the picture in your mind.

10)  ... losing bragging rights among my siblings was always a bitter pill to swallow.

11)  ... be discouraged by a form rejection letter. This is a bitter pill to swallow for many writers.

12)  ... draw wouldn't be too bad though a loss would be a bitter pill to swallow.

13)  I think that game at the weekend was a bitter pill to swallow. The boys were absolutely devastated on Monday morning.

14)  ... you who have lost legitimate reviews, I know this is a bitter pill to swallow.

15)  It was a bitter pill to swallow for a while, but sooner or later most of us come to terms with ...

16)  It is a bitter pill to swallow when such flaws are made apparent, but in the end I would much rather ...

17)  Making amends may seem like a bitter pill to swallow, but for those serious about recovery it can be good medicine for the spirit ...

18)  Mack Brown looked devastated. It's a bitter pill to swallow, and it'll be interesting to see how he handles it, ...

19)  The CEO's 70% package increase is a bitter pill to swallow for many Suncorp employees.

20)  Life keeps reminding me that "hope" is usually a bitter pill to swallow, often unfulfilled, leaving only a really acid, bile-filled stomach.