sugarcoat

[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for sugar-coat

sugar-coat


verb (tr)

to coat or cover with sugar
to cause to appear more attractive; make agreeable
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Word Origin and History for sugar-coat

sugarcoat


v.

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

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