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hard to swallow

Meaning: Something that someone has said is hard to swallow if it's difficult to believe.

For example:

  • His excuse for coming late was a bit hard to swallow, don't you think?

  • I find a lot of Jack's stories hard to swallow, but I still enjoy hearing them even if they aren't entirely true.

Quick Quiz:

Of all his stories, the one that most people found the hardest to swallow was the one about
  1. being taken for a ride in a U.F.O. by aliens
  2. being given fried spiders to eat in Cambodia
  3. seeing people stick pins and needles through their cheeks

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