candy-coat


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candy-coat

To attempt to make something seem better or more palatable than it actually is, especially something perceived as negative or unfavorable. Mom tried to candy-coat the news by talking about how big the yard would be at the new house, but we were all sad about the move. Don't try to candy-coat this! An F is an F, no matter how hard you studied!
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We are in a down market, whether you call it what it is or candy-coat it.
And it would have been very easy for us to candy-coat this and make us seem super cool all the time, and nothing ever gets to us and we never fight and it's just good times and partying and hunky dory, and this shows us the opposite.
The movie celebrates life by refusing to candy-coat its difficult complexities.
They can candy-coat it and get someone that might make everyone feel good and look better on paper than me or they can bring in someone who knows X's and O's, who knows how to discipline and who's had success at Northridge and won.
Some parents won't talk about it with their children, but no matter how you candy-coat it, children know something's wrong,'' Crosby said.