Definition of sugar-coat in English:



  • 1Coat (an item of food) with sugar.

    ‘sugar-coated almonds’
    • ‘The mice are white and pink sugar-coated aniseeds.’
    • ‘Tufts University researchers found that children who ate instant oatmeal performed 5 to 12 percent better on spatial memory tests than did children who ate sugar-coated cereal or no breakfast at all.’
    • ‘‘I want to fly away,’ she mumbles as her spoon scrapes along the bottom of her cereal bowl, milk swirling and sugar-coated clusters of fiber swimming in its path.’
    • ‘Makers of the mini sugar-coated, multi-colored chocolates called Smarties are replacing the tube-shaped packet used for almost 70 years with a hexagonal pack, the company said Friday.’
    • ‘Products include chocolate coated raisins, peanuts and Brazil nuts as well as mint imperials, popcorn, mini-eggs and sugar-coated almonds.’
    • ‘These are preferable to energy bars that taste like candy, which are usually little more than sugar-coated vitamins, minerals and protein.’
    • ‘He dropped down beside Patrick and started eating some of the dry sugar-coated goodies.’
    • ‘Sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy foods, and the proliferation of adverts aimed at children for products such as sugar-coated cereals are all said to be contributory factors.’
    • ‘The blue pill may be sugar-coated, making it easier to swallow.’
    • ‘Avoid refined sugar, corn syrup, white bread and other white flour products, and say no to soft drinks and sugar-coated, ready-to-eat cereals.’
    • ‘The Sugarplums of the Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy fame, were actually a treat made of sugar-coated coriander’
    make sweet, add sugar to, sugar, sugar-coat, add honey to, add sweetener to
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  • 2Make superficially attractive or acceptable.

    ‘you won't see him sugar-coat the truth’
    • ‘You want someone who won't sugar-coat his or her advice and is willing to look a candidate in the eye and say the emperor is wearing no clothes.’
    • ‘Morrall's refusal to sugar-coat the pill, her determination to write the forgotten and guilty back into their stories, gives this book a strength and integrity that much accessible fiction lacks.’
    • ‘Neither of them sugar-coat the ups and down of working in the industry, but they will open your eyes a great deal about the false assumptions that you're making.’
    • ‘Is it possible that the liberal media is sugar-coating the problem?’
    • ‘But they always sugar-coat the bad news by saying that the revenue is ahead of last year.’
    • ‘Anthony takes you behind the scenes, and has no intention of sugar-coating the facts.’
    • ‘Is everything online turning into the best man wins, the one that figures out how to use deceptive practices or sugar-coat reality to the point of making your teeth ache just to make a buck?’
    • ‘We want the freedom to believe what we like, ignore facts, sugar-coat reality, but then we have to recognize that there is a price to pay.’
    • ‘Smith doesn't sugar-coat the challenges faced by lesbian officers, but she doesn't really explore them, either; just makes the point that homophobia is rampant in the police force, and moves on.’
    • ‘If newspaper editors continue to sugar-coat the human misery of disasters like the Asian tsunami, they'll lose relevance as more people move to the Internet to see what's really happening.’
    • ‘All these purchasers were less interested in literature than in morality, though they understood that some literary qualities were needed to sugar-coat the pill.’
    • ‘He considers the field much more difficult to break into than it was in the late eighties and early nineties - tightened budgets, fewer magazines buying fewer photo essays - and he doesn't sugar-coat that reality for his students.’
    • ‘My patients that get to know me like that I don't sugar-coat things and let them know what is going on.’
    • ‘They never sugar-coated their experiences, but the point that came out from all three was that what made it hardest was the lack of recognition of their families.’
    • ‘It is not sugar-coating its message, and that is really at the heart of the matter.’
    • ‘And without sugar-coating anything, odds are against us bringing her home alive, but you know, we need to bring her home.’
    • ‘The principal sugar-coated it and made it sound like she was trying to take the financial burden off of our parents.’
    • ‘Gibb said: ‘The position will not be sugar-coated for them.’’
    • ‘Such rhetoric would be forgivable if sugar-coated by a genuinely interesting film.’
    • ‘He told me he didn't want to sugar-coat anything.’
    1. 2.1Make excessively sentimental.
      ‘the film-makers' proficiency is overpowered by their tendency to sugar-coat the material’
      • ‘There is a clear affinity between actor and character that spills over into the sunny nature of a film that could so easily have seemed twee or sugar-coated.’
      • ‘Breezy guitars drift over synthesized, sugar-coated melodies - the sound of summer afternoons circa 1986.’
      • ‘Still, it's quite fair to say that although their sound is similar to early Oasis on some tracks, their songs are sugar-coated with a kind of fun that Oasis don't have.’
      • ‘The duo have sugar-coated melodies to spare, but the songs are a little compromised over the course of a whole album simply by the fact that those melodies can slip under the surface of the recording from time to time.’
      • ‘No, we're talking the Teenage Fanclub of the past few albums, honey kissed pop, sugar-coated melancholia and ultimately a frustrating listen when it should be richly rewarding.’
      • ‘As with any good theatre production, endings are rarely sugar-coated.’
      • ‘I thought he was a really interesting choice for the film because the film is so romantic and is so about love and passion it could so easily be interpreted in a kind of over-the-top Hollywood sugar-coated way, and Neil is so not like that.’
      • ‘As unique as this aspect of the film is, there's no arguing with the fact that this is sugar-coated sappy romance.’
      • ‘This is an album drenched in bouncy, sugar-coated melodies that envelop you in a wash of catchy choruses and guitar-pop anthems that'll dance around your head all day, all night and in the shower the next morning.’
      • ‘I did say there was some fun to be had, and I'd be a cold cynic if I didn't admit there was some sugar-coated amusement present in this series.’
      • ‘That said, Shall We Dance possesses enough charm about it to side-step the majority of its failings, emerging as a suitably cute date movie for those who seek nothing more than a little sugar-coated seduction.’
      • ‘Hammond brings the memory of her grandmothers to life with humour and love and without sugar-coating them.’
      • ‘It's packed with obscenely gooey, sugar-coated rock 'n' roll songs.’
      • ‘If I was you, I'd be more upset about the fact that my name is almost - but not quite - the same as that of the lead singer of the thankfully-now-defunct saccharine-sweet sugar-coated Lightning Seeds.’
      • ‘Alternatively you could try the sugar-coated pop or corny club classics spilled out at Club Q, all in the best possible taste.’
      • ‘This story is so sugar-coated, sappy, and sickly sweet that I contracted diabetes while watching it.’
      mawkish, over-sentimental, overemotional, cloying, sickly, saccharine, sugary, sugar-coated, syrupy
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