Definition of sugar-coat verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

sugar-coat

 verb
verb
 
sugar-coat somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sugar-coat he / she / it sugar-coats past simple sugar-coated -ing form sugar-coating
 
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to do something that makes an unpleasant situation seem less unpleasant There's no way of sugar-coating it—the report predicts a grim future for the industry.
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