sugarcoat

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sugar +‎ coat; from the practice of coating medicinal tablets or pills with sugar in order to disguise their unpleasant taste

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sugarcoat (third-person singular simple present sugarcoats, present participle sugarcoating, simple past and past participle sugarcoated)

  1. (transitive) To make superficially more attractive; to give a falsely pleasant appearance to.
    • There's no way to sugarcoat the loss of the space shuttle; it was an unmitigated disaster.

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