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sugarcoat

[ shoog-er-koht ]
/ ˈʃʊg ərˌkoʊt /
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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.

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Origin of sugarcoat

First recorded in 1865–70; sugar + coat
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British Dictionary definitions for sugarcoat

sugar-coat

verb (tr)

to coat or cover with sugar
to cause to appear more attractive; make agreeable
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