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Proficiency Phrase of the Day #25: A Bitter Pill to Swallow

Today’s expression is…

“A bitter pill to swallow…”

Introduce it with some examples:

Losing the cup final to a goal in the last minute was a bitter pill to swallow for the Tottenham fans.

The terrible sales figures for the final quarter of the year were a bitter pill to swallow for the company’s directors.

Lead students to the meaning: a difficult fact to accept


Think of some difficult facts you’ve had to accept recently:

  • Your sports team
  • Your school/uni results
  • Something at work
  • Something in your personal life

Here’s the Quizlet set of all the previous phrases of the day.


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