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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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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.