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sugarcoat

[shoo g-er-koht] /ˈʃʊg ərˌkoʊt/
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.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; sugar + coat
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Word Origin and History for sugar-coated

sugarcoat

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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