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An unpleasant or painful necessity (to accept).
- ‘Cotterill admitted that seeing the game snatched from his side's grasp with extra time looming was a bitter pill to swallow.’
- ‘But it is a bitter pill to swallow for all those who have worked to make the colliery profitable in recent years - without the help of government aid.’
- ‘Defeat in this game was a bitter pill to swallow for all concerned, players, mentors and supporters because it should not have happened.’
- ‘Senator Boswell said while the agreement was a bitter pill to swallow, it was important to remember it did not leave the industry worse off.’
- ‘Eventually he murmurs ‘It's a bitter pill to swallow.’’
- ‘This is a bitter pill to swallow after we had played so well since the new year, but we will be back.’
- ‘‘It is a bitter pill to swallow but it is necessary to cut back and balance the books,’ he said.’
- ‘This one is - and should be - a bitter pill to swallow.’
- ‘Of course, if your finances are already squeezed to the breaking point, the rate hike is a bitter pill to swallow - good for you in the long run, but hard to take right now.’
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