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[shoo g-er-koht] /ˈʃʊg ərˌkoʊt/
verb (used with object)
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
First recorded in 1865-70; sugar + coat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We have to write popular plays and pretty poems and sugarcoated stories.

    Discourses of Keidansky Bernard G. Richards
  • But whether I practice Yoga, Dianetics, or write the lines on a sugarcoated pill and swallow it is my trade secret.

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
Word Origin and History for sugarcoated



also sugar-coat, 1870, originally of medicine; figuratively, "make more palatable," from 1910. Related: Sugarcoated; sugarcoating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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