sugarcoating

[ shoo g-er-koh-ting ]
/ ˈʃʊg ərˌkoʊ tɪŋ /
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noun

the act or process of covering something with sugar.
a coating or layer of sugar or a sugary substance.
a thing used to make something else considered unpleasant or disagreeable seem attractive or palatable.

Origin of sugarcoating

First recorded in 1905–10; sugar + coat + -ing1

Definition for sugarcoating (2 of 2)

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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