candy-coat


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can·dy-coat

(kăn′dē-kōt′)
tr.v. can·dy-coat·ed, can·dy-coat·ing, can·dy-coats
To minimize the unpleasantness of; sugarcoat.
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You cannot candy-coat it," Abbott said at a news conference.
Top violinist Andre Rieu "There is no way to candy-coat this sort of thing.
and what better way to honour our own children, than by arming them with truth, rather than the the fanciful thinking of those who are determined to candy-coat our history?