sugar-coat the pill

sugar-coat 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.
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Some of the early models have died, while some who originally came to watch are now themselves battling the illness, and he is hard-headed enough not to sugar-coat the pill.
APOEL's spokesman pointed out that the CFA tried to "sugar-coat the pill" by deciding that the match should recommence from the beginning and not be played for the remaining 39 minutes.