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Definition of sugar-coat verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

sugar-coat

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verb
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Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sugar-coat
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he / she / it sugar-coats
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past simple sugar-coated
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past participle sugar-coated
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-ing form sugar-coating
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sugar-coat something 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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