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1. a small spherical or ovoid mass of a medicinal substance, intended to be swallowed whole
2. the Informal an oral contraceptive



a solid medicinal dosage form for internal use. Pills are globules of a homogeneous plastic substance that contains the medicine; they range in weight from 0.1 to 0.5 g. Since tablets, lozenges, and capsules are more convenient forms of medication, pills are rarely used in modern practice.

What does it mean when you dream about a pill?

If the pill is a vitamin, then swallowing a pill in a dream might reflect a desire to take care of one’s health. Taking a pill can be a metaphor for accepting something unpleasant—”swallowing a bitter pill.” Pills could be a reference to “The Pill” used in birth control, and sometimes irritating people are referred to as “pills.”


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A small, solid dosage form of a globular, ovoid, or lenticular shape, containing one or more medicinal substances.
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Gh Juve, will have to settle for Europa League football in the new year, a bitter pill to swallow for the Italian champions.
It is a bitter pill to swallow at the moment, we just want to try and put this to bed," Blackburn midfielder Lowe said.
WIGAN 2 S'HAMPTON 2 SOUTHAMPTON striker Rickie Lambert described Shaun Maloney's late equaliser as a bitter pill to swallow after the Saints had to settle for a point against Wigan.
That was what made it a bitter pill to swallow, the sublime irony or ironic completeness of it, being almost a carbon copy of his demolition of Hatton.
The scientists said that considering the sugary taste of cyclodextrin, naringenin, the cause of the bitter taste in grapefruit, is "no longer such a bitter pill to swallow.
He said: "The delay in the process means the Government is saving around pounds 1bn in the short term but, at a time when they are looking at bringing forward public expenditure projects to provide jobs, it's a bitter pill to swallow.
It does become a difficult environment to play in when you're 3-0 down at home but it's a bitter pill to swallow because it wasn't a 3-0 performance.
But, another penalty, this time for the home side 18 minutes from full-time for a handball, meant the Martyrs had to share the points and for manager Shephard it was a bitter pill to swallow.
The FA Cup defeat is a bitter pill to swallow but we must now resurrect our season.
Trainer Nicky Henderson said: "It is a bitter pill to swallow and owner Trevor Hemmings and his manager Mick Meagher are fully conversant with the situation.