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[ shoog-er-koht ]

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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Word History and Origins

Origin of sugarcoat1

First recorded in 1865–70; sugar + coat
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Example Sentences

This enables a first hand account of the journey and there’s no slick production to sugarcoat it.

The Golden Globes can be fun to watch, but that doesn’t erase the fact that they’re — well, let’s not sugarcoat it.

From Vox

You can’t sugarcoat the situation currently in the NHS in Britain.

From Time

There’s no way to sugarcoat 2020, but it is worth remembering the bright spots that offset all the darkness.

From Fortune

Spain may have more worries if its political leaders continue to sugarcoat the issue.

It is a pill that the Tolstois, the "communities" and the "Knights" of Labor can not sugarcoat.





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