Definition of sugarcoat in US English:



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

    ‘while the oven is preheating, sugarcoat the cookies’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘The blue pill may be sugar-coated, making it easier to swallow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Products include chocolate coated raisins, peanuts and Brazil nuts as well as mint imperials, popcorn, mini-eggs and sugar-coated almonds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Sugarplums of the Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy fame, were actually a treat made of sugar-coated coriander’
    • ‘The mice are white and pink sugar-coated aniseeds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    make sweet, add sugar to, sugar, sugar-coat, add honey to, add sweetener to
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    1. 1.1 Make superficially attractive or acceptable.
      ‘you won't see him sugarcoat the truth’
      • ‘He told me he didn't want to sugar-coat anything.’
      • ‘Such rhetoric would be forgivable if sugar-coated by a genuinely interesting film.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is not sugar-coating its message, and that is really at the heart of the matter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Anthony takes you behind the scenes, and has no intention of sugar-coating the facts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But they always sugar-coat the bad news by saying that the revenue is ahead of last year.’
      • ‘My patients that get to know me like that I don't sugar-coat things and let them know what is going on.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Gibb said: ‘The position will not be sugar-coated for them.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And without sugar-coating anything, odds are against us bringing her home alive, but you know, we need to bring her home.’
      • ‘Is it possible that the liberal media is sugar-coating the problem?’
      • ‘The principal sugar-coated it and made it sound like she was trying to take the financial burden off of our parents.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 Make excessively sentimental.
      ‘the filmmakers' proficiency is overpowered by their tendency to sugarcoat the material’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Breezy guitars drift over synthesized, sugar-coated melodies - the sound of summer afternoons circa 1986.’
      • ‘As unique as this aspect of the film is, there's no arguing with the fact that this is sugar-coated sappy romance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This story is so sugar-coated, sappy, and sickly sweet that I contracted diabetes while watching it.’
      • ‘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 with any good theatre production, endings are rarely sugar-coated.’
      • ‘Alternatively you could try the sugar-coated pop or corny club classics spilled out at Club Q, all in the best possible taste.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      mawkish, over-sentimental, overemotional, cloying, sickly, saccharine, sugary, sugar-coated, syrupy
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