sugarcoat a/the bitter pill(redirected from they have sugar-coated a bitter pill)
sugarcoat a/the bitter 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 bitter pill that there will be massive pay cuts in January. I have to tell my mom about wrecking her car, but I need you to help me figure out what to say—you're great at sugar-coating a bitter pill.
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