Meaning of “a bitter pill (to swallow)” in the English Dictionary

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"a bitter pill (to swallow)" in British English

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a bitter pill (to swallow)

something that is very unpleasant but must be accepted:

Losing to a younger player was a bitter pill to swallow.

(Definition of “a bitter pill (to swallow)” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)