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[shoo g-er-koht]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cover with sugar: to sugarcoat a pill.
  2. 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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also sugar-coat, 1870, originally of medicine; figuratively, "make more palatable," from 1910. Related: Sugarcoated; sugarcoating.

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