sugar-coat the pill

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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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And having sugar-coated the pill, Wilkin went on to admit for what he surely hopes will be the first and only time during his tenure as Wrexham boss, that the team he has inherited were by some distance second-best on the day.
He sugar-coated the pill with the announcement that a RO70 million fund would be made available to them by year's end.