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sugarcoat (something)

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.
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sugarcoated

Said, explained, or presented in a manner that is easier to accept, understand, cope with, or endure. Stop giving me sugarcoated responses whenever I ask about the state of the project. I need to know how it's actually progressing! It doesn't have to be sugarcoated, but you should aim to be a bit more empathetic when you deliver a prognosis to one of you patients.
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sugarcoated

mod. palatable; inoffensive; easy to take. Math is so sugarcoated these days. Even I could learn it.
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Lit up like a Christmas tree, this colourful film has enough sugar-coating to make a five-year-old hyperactive.
There are no real surprises in songs such as Right Where We Belong and Let It Go, although Live For Today briefly boasts a buzzsaw rock riff before it succumbs to sugar-coating. The semi-plugged final Here By Me has hit written all the way through it, while Landing In London has old-stager Bob Seger on guest vocals.
The author, a school counselor, gears sections toward both young and older children, keeping stories simple without sugar-coating divorce's downside.
Resolutely averse to romanticizing Papuans or sugar-coating their own position, Villevoye and Dietvorst destroy the lingering illusion of New Guinea as an intact bit of prehistory.
* Speaking of sugar-coating things, Fratelli Marullo of Bronte, Italy, used a crystalline sugar coating on pistachios--a simple variation but one that transformed the nuts into candy.
These all featured backing from Donny's sons sending the sugar-coating level into orbit but then that's what this audience wants - good wholesome sugar-coated entertainment delivered by a man who knows how to so it supremely well.
The centres of pan-coated goods (or dragees) are pre-coated with the gumming agent QUICK COAT prior to chocolate or sugar-coating. The surface brilliance of sugar-coated products is guaranteed with the application of the glazing agents QUICK GLANZ H, C, M , L and sealed with QUICK LAC.
Rather, the sugar-coating I am referring to is about trying to stay positive about HIV--to convey hope and the idea that it's not all bad news.
Many more will find themselves, in the words of one associate I talked to, deliriously unhappy." Sugar-coating the bitter pill
THERE is no point sugar-coating it: Chelsea's Eden Hazard has been the Premier League's best player so far this season.
As the devastating 9/11 thriller United 93 proved, director Paul Greengrass isn't interested in sugar-coating anything, least of all real life.