Meaning of “hard to swallow” in the English Dictionary

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"hard to swallow" in English

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hard to swallow

difficult to believe:

I found her story rather hard to swallow.

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

"hard to swallow" in American English

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hard to swallow

also hard to take

difficult to believe or accept:

He said the news that the farm was being sold was hard to swallow at first.

(Definition of “hard to swallow” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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