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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In England, I don't think we can sugarcoat the pill.
They have tried to sugarcoat the pill,'' says Joseph Gagnon, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
You kind of get them on your side a little bit; it's a great way to sugarcoat the pill.