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[shoo g-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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Origin of sugarcoat

First recorded in 1865–70; sugar + coat
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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.

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