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[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
1865-70; sugar + coat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Clearly, there is no way to sugarcoat what our state is going through.
  • Provide clear information, it doesn't help to sugarcoat or minimize.
  • Proponents of such common ownership try to sugarcoat this bitter pill by putting in revenue and/or size limitations.
Word Origin and History for sugarcoat

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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