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Let's learn how to use the idiom 'a bitter pill' in your conversations!
Wesley: Linda, let's talk about the idiom 'a bitter pill'. This idiom is used to define something which is unpleasant but inevitable.
Linda: That's right. It is something which must be accepted even if it is not going to be a good experience, or may cause grief. The news of our defeat for instance, will be a bitter pill for our sports teacher.
Wesley: Absolutely! 'A bitter pill' defines disappointment or humiliation. Here's another example: it's a bitter pill for Peter that he hasn't been selected for the scholarship.
Linda: Poor Peter! We can also use the idiom as 'a bitter pill to swallow'. ''A bitter pill'' is something which is hard to accept, which is difficult to endure.
Wesley: You are correct. For me it'll be a bitter pill to swallow, if I cannot get admitted to St. Peters.
Linda: Hmmm...but if you move to Detroit, your mom and dad will be all alone at home. It'll be a bitter pill to swallow for them if you go away.
Wesley: I have no worries about that. My elder brother and sister-in-law are moving here from San Francisco for good!
Linda: Great news!
Wesley: Yes Linda, it'll surely help me. Let's listen to some conversations now.
Frank: The environmental organisation has sued us, Wesley.
Wesley: That's what I was afraid of; I warned Gary not to dump the debris in the lake.
Frank: We might lose our registration status with the Chamber of Commerce.
Wesley: It's a bitter pill but that was inevitable. The chairman should've listened to me.
Frank: Hi Vera, where's your new car?
Vera: Oh! Don't even ask. My son drove it last night and hit a lamp post. It will cost me $3000 to have it fixed.
Frank: Wow! This gotta be a bitter pill to swallow!
Vera: Sure it is. Now I have to work overtime to come up with the money.
Vera: Linda, have you heard about the factory?
Linda: I heard they will shut down two plants.
Vera: Yes, including the one in our town. Many people will be laid off.
Linda: Wow, that's a bitter pill to swallow!
Vera: Especially if we're two of the unemployed!
Linda: We better get back to work and stay alert! I don't want to be chosen for the lay-offs.
Vera: Let's go!