bitter water

bit·ter wa·ter

a natural mineral water containing Epsom salt.
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"I want the sugar first, then I'll drink the bitter water."
We and you too, you most of all, dear boy, will have to pass through the bitter water before we reach the sweet.
That girl was, one may say, washing about with slack limbs in the ugly surf of life with no opportunity to strike out for herself, when suddenly she had been made to feel that there was somebody beside her in the bitter water. A most considerable moral event for her; whether she was aware of it or not.
Where Sodom and Gomorrah reared their domes and towers, that solemn sea now floods the plain, in whose bitter waters no living thing exists--over whose waveless surface the blistering air hangs motionless and dead-- about whose borders nothing grows but weeds, and scattering tufts of cane, and that treacherous fruit that promises refreshment to parching lips, but turns to ashes at the touch.
Into his handsome face, the bitter waters of captivity had worn; but, he covered up their tracks with a determination so strong, that he held the mastery of them even in his sleep.
I suppose that is the reason why the small old-fashioned book, for which you need only pay sixpence at a book-stall, works miracles to this day, turning bitter waters into sweetness; while expensive sermons and treatises, newly issued, leave all things as they were before.
Exodus 15:25 -- when confronted with bitter water -- Moses throws a piece of wood into the putrid pool and presto, instant purified water!
Numbers 5 has a law in which a husband who suspects his wife of having relations with another man can drag her before a priest, who makes her drink a cup of "bitter water." If the woman is innocent, no harm will come to her.
But the word chocolate actually comes from the Aztec word xocolatl that translates as bitter water. And as an ingredient, chocolate is filled with bitter tones.
But he began to fail himself in the bitter water and had to be hauled to safety by a British sailor.
Pachachi, who has directed nine documentary films including the prize-winning Iranian Journey and Bitter Water, won for her feature film submission titled Nothing Doing in Baghdad.