February 21, 2006

a tough pill to swallow

Posted in Idioms at 9:45 am by Feng

a tough (bitter/hard) pill to swallow — something that is hard to accept [usingenglish.com]

In the “two and a half man” show, Charlie has the charms that make him forever popular among girls. But for one time once, his charms doesn’t work anymore don’t work. He meets a pretty dance teacher in a coffee shop, and tries to talk to her by saying “hello”. But the girl shows little interest and asks him to “go away”. He is a bit upset and says to the girl, “If you knew me at all and shut me down, it’s one thing, but to be dismissed with a simple hello, that is a tough pill to swallow.”



  1. Toni said,

    “But for one time, his charm doesn’t work anymore.’

    In this sentence, the word anymore contradicts the whole sentence. Anymore suggests that his charm will never work again, but the rest of your sentence suggests that his charm didn’t work on just this one person.

    Therefore, the proper sentence is, “One time however, his charms didn’t work.”

  2. Feng said,

    Thanks for comments. I agree with you except that I think the present tense (i.e., “doesn’t”) should be used consistently.

  3. Feng said,

    “Charlie has the charms that make him forever popular among girls”

    Someone told me his way of this epxression: “Charlies always charms girls around him”. Very concise and native!

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