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(as) sweet as sugar
Exceptionally sweet, friendly, or kindly. My grandmother, God rest her soul, was as sweet as sugar, but boy could she tell some raunchy jokes! He may seem sweet as sugar right now, but he'll turn on you in an instant if you get in his way. Katie is just sweet as sugar and goes out of her way to befriend the new kids in school.
a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
Something good makes something bad more tolerable. I'm going to put on some fun background music while I work on this boring project. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down! A: "If you need someone to help you move these boxes, keep in mind that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down." B: "Meaning?" A: "You can always find help for the right price." OK, so she only let them give her the shot because I bribed her with a new toy, so what? A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!
a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down
Something good makes something bad more tolerable. I'm going to put on some fun background music while I work on this boring project. A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down! A: "You know, a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down." B: "Meaning?" A: "For the right price, I could find time to help you move these boxes." OK, so she only let them give her the shot because I bribed her with a new toy, so what? A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down!
give me some sugar
Give me a kiss. "Me" can be replaced with one's title in relation to the person (e.g. mother, grandmother). Come here, give your mama some sugar! Oh, it's been too long, darling—give me some sugar!
Pretty please with sugar on top?
An emphatic or exaggerated way of asking "please." Sometimes used sarcastically or ironically. Please can I have some ice cream, Mommy? Pretty please with sugar on top? Timmy, I've asked you a dozen times to clean that room. So for the last time, pretty please with sugar on top—clean your room! What a moronic piece of legislation! The governor seems to think that people won't commit crimes if the government just says pretty please with sugar on top.
sugar and spice (and everything nice)
Of a female, very pleasant and amiable. Perhaps derived from the 19th-century nursey rhyme, "What Are Little Boys Made of?", which says that girls are made of "sugar and spice and everything nice." My son is a holy terror, but my daughter is sugar and spice and everything nice, thank goodness. Maria is usually all sugar and spice, but if you make her made she'll bite your head off!
A man who gives his much younger romantic or sexual partner a lot of money and gifts. Often implies that the financial aspect is in lieu of genuine romantic interest from one or both people in the relationship. I know I shouldn't judge just from appearances, but it certainly seems like Tammy's new boyfriend is a bit of a sugar daddy. Todd is not my sugar daddy! Sure, he treats me to dinner and takes me on vacations now and then, but I pay my own way in life!
A woman who gives her much younger romantic or sexual partner a lot of money and gifts. Often implies that the financial aspect is in lieu of genuine romantic interest from one or both people in the relationship. I know I shouldn't judge just from appearances, but it certainly seems like Tommy's new girlfriend is a bit of a sugar mama. Why else would he be with a woman nearly twice her age? Sarah is not my sugar mama! Sure, she treats me to dinner and takes me on vacations now and then, but I pay my own way in life!
To create maple sugar or especially syrup by boiling the sap extracted from maple trees. Primarily heard in US, Canada. Sugaring off has actually become the focal point of annual festivals all across this part of the country. The kids and grandkids still come over every season and help me tap the trees and sugar off.
A pill that does not contain medicine (and may not even contain sugar, as the term "sugar pill" is used broadly); a placebo. Some patients in the clinical trial will receive the medication, while others will receive sugar pills.
sugar the pill
To make something bad, unpleasant, or dissatisfactory easier to cope with, endure, or accept. The bosses are giving everyone an extra bonus this year, but I suspect it's a way of sugaring the pill with the massive layoffs that are scheduled. I have to tell my mom about wrecking her car, but I need to find a way to sugar the pill first.
To say, explain, or present something in a manner that is easier to accept, understand, cope with, or endure. Don't sugarcoat it for me, Doc—is my wife going to make it? My grandmother was never one to sugarcoat her criticisms. If she thought you had messed up, she would tell you in no uncertain terms.
See also: sugarcoat
sugarcoat a/the bitter 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 sugar-coating the bitter pill that there will be massive pay cuts in January. I have to tell my mom about wrecking her car, but I need you to help me figure out what to say—you're great at sugar-coating a bitter pill.
sugarcoat 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 sugar-coating 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 sugar-coat the pill first.
vulgar slang The penis. As if a hot girl like that would want anything to do with your sugar-stick. Keep dreaming, pal.
A personification of the United States or its government, typically portrayed as a man with a white beard. It seems like Uncle Sam is always taking more and more taxes out of our paychecks.
The United States of America or its government. A play on the initials U.S., used especially in (often sarcastic or sardonic) reference to foreign financial aid provided by the United States Of course, the country would have suffered a complete economic collapse had old Uncle Sugar not been there to prop it up. There is a growing contingent of people who have begun resisting the government's plans, complaining that they have been kowtowing to American influence and ideology in order to stay in Uncle Sugar's pockets.
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give someone some sugar
Rur. to give someone a kiss. Come here, honey, and give me some sugar. "Give me some sugar!" Grandma said when she saw me.
*sweet as honeyand sweeter than honey; sweet as sugar
very sweet; charming. (*Also: as ~.) Larry's words were sweeter than honey as he tried to convince Alice to forgive him. Jill: Is Mary Ann nice? Jane: Yes, indeed. She's as sweet as honey. Your little girl is darling! Just as sweet as sugar.
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A wealthy, usually older man who gives expensive gifts to someone much younger in return for companionship or sexual favors. For example, The aspiring young actress and the sugar daddy are a classic combination in Hollywood. The sugar in this term alludes to the sweetening role of the gifts, and daddy to the age difference between the pair. [Early 1900s]
sugar the pill
Make something unpleasant more palatable, as in There would be no Christmas bonus this year but management sugared the pill by giving workers extra vacation time over the holidays . [Late 1700s]
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sugar the pillBRITISH or
sugar-coat the pillAMERICAN
COMMON If you sugar the pill, you try to make bad news or an unpleasant situation seem less unpleasant. Stirling tried to sugar the pill for his employee. `There'll be a ten thousand pound bonus if you agree to go quietly.' His bitter pill was sugar-coated with a promise of `free and fair' elections. Note: In British English, you can also say that you sweeten the pill. A few words of praise help to sweeten the pill of criticism.
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sugar (or sweeten) the pillmake an unpleasant or painful necessity more acceptable.
The image here is of making bitter-tasting medicine more palatable by adding sugar.
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sugar/sweeten the ˈpillmake something unpleasant seem less unpleasant: He tried to sweeten the pill by telling her she’d only be in hospital a few days.
a ˈsugar daddy(informal) an older man who has a much younger woman as a girlfriend and gives her presents, money, etc: When you tell him that he’s a sugar daddy, he gets very angry. He says she isn’t interested in his money, only in him.
Uncle ˈSam(informal) a way of referring to the United States of America or the US government: He owed $20 000 in tax to Uncle Sam.The name probably comes from expanding the initials US.
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To make maple syrup or maple sugar by boiling maple sap: The farmer had gathered all the sap, and it was now time to sugar off.
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n. an older man who takes care of a younger person, especially a young man or woman. Mr. Wilson is sort of a sugar daddy to the whole team.
Uncle (Sam)and Uncle Sugar
1. n. the personification of the U.S. Uncle Sugar wants a little more of your money this year.
2. n. a federal agent; federal agents. Uncle has some pretty strong ideas about who’s in charge of this investigation.
See Uncle Sam
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An elderly man who bestows expensive gifts on a young woman. This term, which uses sugar for the “sweets” of costly gifts and daddy to indicate the difference in the giver and recipient’s ages, dates from the first half of the 1900s. The London Times spelled it out: “Norma Levy, a prostitute, had a sugar daddy called Bunny who paid her rent and gave her a Mercedes car” (Sept. 20, 1973).
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