Here was this anti-war holiday demoted to treacly sentimentality.
And we all remember good-but-overpraised songs like If I Had a Hammer and the treacly classic Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
It avoids that treacly, touchy-feely ground on which Democrats so love to walk.
He takes a pellet of the black, treacly stuff on the end of a knitting-needle.
He watched the treacly pour of the yellow fog thickening about him.
And he set the sail, and Eliza steered as well as she could in her treacly state.
"I haven't had any," she said, grasping the teapot and pouring a treacly liquid into a cup.
It should make an end of the treacly farce which bandies between hopelessly parted colleagues the title 'right hon. friend.'
“Totty yikes oogar,” said the sticky cause of the mischief, in treacly tones.
And, holding his reloaded Lee-Metford rifle high over his head, he plunged into the treacly sea and swam back towards the dragon.
mid-14c., "medicinal compound, antidote for poison," from Old French triacle "antidote" (c.1200), from Vulgar Latin *triacula, from Latin theriaca, from Greek theriake (antidotos) "antidote for poisonous wild animals," from fem. of theriakos "of a wild animal," from therion "wild animal," diminutive of ther (genitive theros) "wild animal," from PIE root *ghwer- "wild" (see fierce).
Sense of "molasses" is first recorded 1690s; that of "anything too sweet or sentimental" is from 1771. The connection may be from the use of molasses as a laxative, or its use to disguise the bad taste of medicine.