a painful period of readjustment
- The loss provoked the start of what could be a painful period of self-examination among Republicans eager to find answers, or place blame.
- After the devaluation there is a period of readjustment in the exchange rate.
- If this was a time of triumph for many, it was a painful period for the few.
- He suffered a painful twist of the elbow.
- If this was a time of triumph for the many, it was a painful period for the few.