sweeten the pill


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sweeten 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 sweetening 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 sweeten the pill first.
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sugar/sweeten the ˈpill

make something unpleasant seem less unpleasant: He tried to sweeten the pill by telling her she’d only be in hospital a few days.
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CHANCELLORS bearing bad economic news generally like to do what they can to sweeten the pill.
To sweeten the pill, they offered me EeAu1,500 (Dh8,637) or so.
In a letter to David Cameron from Pfizer's Scottish-born chief executive, Ian Read attempted to sweeten the pill, pledging a commitment to Astra's planned research and development hub in Cambridge.
Money is the only thing that could sweeten the pill of having to be ambushed by Jon Snow.
The principle that no member state will gain a seat or lose more than one MEP' in the next European elections in 2014, invented by rapporteurs to sweeten the pill, was accepted by all MEPs meeting in plenary session, on 13 March.
Of course, the lovable mutt ultimately learns a valuable lesson about individuality versus conformity, with some slapstick interludes and syrupy sentiment to sweeten the pill.
But to sweeten the pill, they bestowed hundreds of shares upon me, a neat pile for each account I owned.
A very disappointed Lions coach, Mark Ellis for once couldn't find positives to sweeten the pill.
Though, of course, they seek to sweeten the pill by claiming the kids would get a "better and broader" education elsewhere.
George Osborne thinks he can sweeten the pill and build up an election war-chest, by offering shares to the public.
To sweeten the pill he also announced that child benefits worth up to pounds 2,500 a year for families with three children will be axed if one parent is in the top 40 per cent tax band.
He went on: "There will be attempts to sweeten the pill, but it is difficult to conceive of measures that can mitigate the environmental effect of increasing flights out of Heathrow, over one of the most densely populated parts of England, by 50%.
Warwickshire hope to sweeten the pill by providing Junior Bears members a free Warwickshire shirt and will offer other incentives such as discounted international tickets and tickets for friends for butI games in st attempt to soften the blow of the price rises.