- to cover with sugar: to sugarcoat a pill.
- to make (something difficult or distasteful) appear more pleasant or acceptable: There was no way to sugarcoat the bad news.
Origin of sugarcoat
Examples from the Web for sugar-coat
Well, there's no way to sugar-coat 80,000 jobs, so I won't even try.Jobs Numbers: Conservatives, This Thread's For You
July 6, 2012
I think they had a lot of trust for me because I never tried to sugar-coat it.Suzy Welch's Decision-Making Secrets
April 16, 2009
He really understood how to sugar-coat poison as well as any man of his stamp could.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
You understand very well, too, how to sugar-coat the most bitter pills.Letters to an Unknown
They sugar-coat unpleasant truths, and are natural diplomats.How to Read Human Nature
William Walker Atkinson
He did not sugar-coat enough the bitter truth which he was telling to the nation.William Lloyd Garrison
Archibald H. Grimke
It prompts us to sugar-coat the sins which our forefathers swallowed in the rough; that is all.Phases of an Inferior Planet
- to coat or cover with sugar
- to cause to appear more attractive; make agreeable
Word Origin and History for sugar-coat
also sugar-coat, 1870, originally of medicine; figuratively, "make more palatable," from 1910. Related: Sugarcoated; sugarcoating.