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bitter pill

a distressing experience or result that is hard to accept (often in the expression a bitter pill to swallow):
Being passed over for promotion was a bitter pill to swallow. Unabridged
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  • In some ways their success was an even more bitter pill to swallow.
  • The idea of paying real money for a hands-on preview of a game might be a bitter pill for frugal gamers.
  • Even for many researchers in the field, this was a bitter pill to swallow.
  • He said it's a bitter pill to swallow, but the problem has to be fixed.
  • He tempered this bitter pill a little in a postscript.
  • Proponents of such common ownership try to sugarcoat this bitter pill by putting in revenue and/or size limitations.

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