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"I now know that I was wrong. Indeed, this is a bitter pill to swallow," McCloskey said in a statement, describing Thursday's findings as "a kick in the stomach.

What does "a kick in the stomach" mean?

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It also has a sense of a betrayal. Imagine a friend has kicked you in the stomach; it is that feeling.
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My Celine"I now know that I was wrong. Indeed, this is a bitter pill to swallow," McCloskey said in a statement, describing Thursday's findings as "a kick in the stomach.

What does "a kick in the stomach" mean?

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Try to think of the literal meaning of 'kick in the stomach'. It is surely something unpleasant and painful. So this is what this idiom describes. When something is like a kick in the stomach, it is something/a problem that someone has to personally deal with, but is painful, unpleasant and not at all enjoyable.

I hope my explanation is clear.
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To stop the source of someone's income.or to fire some one from a job.