What does bitter pill mean?


Idiom Meaning:

something unpleasant


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Time of Scene: ~00:54:50

Walt Disney and Richard Sherman:  My world was calm, well ordered, exemplary. Then came this person, with chaos in her wake. And now my life’s ambitions go with one fell blow. It’s quite a bitter pill to take.

Walt Disney: Inspired by someone we know?

Richard Sherman: You’d have to ask Bob.


Supergirl (1984)

Time of Scene: ~00:14:10

Selena: Don’t call me “your sweetness.” I am not sweet. I am Selena. And I am a bitter, bitter pill to swallow.


The West Wing “Enemies” (1999)

Time of Scene: ~00:23:20

Mandy Hampton: Would you tell him that signing the bill and, thus, swallowing the bitter pill of strip mining would not foreclose a PR approach that would trumpet banking reforms while at the same time excoriating the special-interest strip-mining scam which, by the way, is what I am happy to call it. Tell him that.

C.J. Cregg: Toby, Mandy wants you to recommend to the President that we do it her way.



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