Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hard pill to swallow

In the late 17th century this phrase started appearing in speech. At first it was simply "a pill to swallow" and then as the years went by different people started adding the word "hard" or even "bitter" to the saying. The idea then, and now, is that pills can be difficult to swallow - and in the figurative sense a hard pill to swallow means accepting something that is hard to believe. (source)

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