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sweeten the pill

To make something bad, unpleasant, or dissatisfactory easier to cope with, endure, or accept. The bosses are giving everyone an extra 10% bonus this Christmas, but I suspect it's a way of sweetening the pill that there will be massive pay cuts in January. I have to tell my mom about wrecking her car, but I need to find a way to sweeten the pill first.
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However, Sweetening the Pill is a heartfelt and passionate account of a self-professed feminist that definitely demonstrates the feminist slogan that "the personal is political.
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Afterwards, Bill insisted he liked my deep voice, but I knew he was sweetening the pill and letting me down gently.
He added: 'I wonder whether that is about news management, or sweetening the pill.
If Cardiff's younger players were rudely shocked by the blast from team manager Alan Cork following their 5-2 win at Macclesfield last weekend, there was no sweetening the pill from Legg as they prepare to take on Rochdale.