(to be) hard to swallow

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - hard to swallow

"(to be) hard to swallow"

to be difficult to believe or accept


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hard to swallow

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  The Mayans believe that the world will end next year.

Friend 2:  Seriously?  That's a little hard to swallow.

Friend 1:  Then you don't believe it?

Friend 2:  Not at all.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hard to swallow

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Have you heard that due to financial difficulties, the company will be reducing our salaries?

Colleague 2:  I have heard and that is going to be hard to swallow.

Colleague 1:  Are you saying that you might not accept a pay cut?

Colleague 2:  It will require some deep thought but it may mean looking for another job instead.

(to be) hard to swallow - Usage:


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(to be) hard to swallow - Gerund Form:

Being hard to swallow, she ignored his excuse for being late.

(to be) hard to swallow - Examples:

1)  I found it hard to swallow that anyone with any notions of a serious career would call themselves 'Jojo'.

2)  Rejection is hard to swallow, but now I can see that I haven't lost anything.

3)  Washington's conversion to the cause of effective aid spending is hard to swallow. Among the big donors, the US has the worst record for spending its ...

4)  But when they make poor choices, it's hard to swallow. I get that. I understand that.

5)  Too much like the Ascended Master stuff that I find hard to swallow. Maybe it is true. Maybe not. 

6)  art bugs me and I find a lot of "modern" art hard to swallow. That doesn't mean it isn't art - it's just something I ...

7)  ... the ending of the story is, what does occur is still pretty hard to swallow.

8)  Rossdale's political rants are a little hard to swallow, ...

9)  ... to one that potentially doesn't work at all. This is a little hard to swallow but the scientist in me realizes ...

10)  ... that presumes that the system allocates income fairly, a claim that is hard to swallow given how much financial executives are paid relative to their contribution to the productive process ...

11)  Some people WILL judge you, and that might be hard to swallow.

12)  ... being a " skeptic " is pretty silly. If you find religion hard to swallow, then don't follow it. If you have reason to disbelieve the assertions ...

13)  I understand that it is hard to swallow right away, however, before to argue, please find ANY proof of an ...

14)  ... and when the company is in financial trouble it is hard to swallow when the execs are giving them selves huge bonuses and raises.

15)  The harsh and straight-forward truth may be hard to swallow, ...

16)  At first I found it a little but hard to swallow that a man from France was lecturing me heavily on American foreign policy and global ...

17)  Five days of history was my small summer holiday. Some days were hard to swallow as learning about a war is never pleasant, ...

18)  I'm sorry, I find that a little bit hard to swallow.

19)  Losing a commission is always hard to swallow but in this case, in my opinion, fully deserved.

20)  ... verbal abuse. There are times, I admit, when it is hard to swallow that and I want to lash back at the caller.