sugar-coat


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sugar-coat

vb (tr)
1. (Cookery) to coat or cover with sugar
2. to cause to appear more attractive; make agreeable
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sugar-coat


Past participle: sugar-coated
Gerund: sugar-coating

Imperative
sugar-coat
sugar-coat
Present
I sugar-coat
you sugar-coat
he/she/it sugar-coats
we sugar-coat
you sugar-coat
they sugar-coat
Preterite
I sugar-coated
you sugar-coated
he/she/it sugar-coated
we sugar-coated
you sugar-coated
they sugar-coated
Present Continuous
I am sugar-coating
you are sugar-coating
he/she/it is sugar-coating
we are sugar-coating
you are sugar-coating
they are sugar-coating
Present Perfect
I have sugar-coated
you have sugar-coated
he/she/it has sugar-coated
we have sugar-coated
you have sugar-coated
they have sugar-coated
Past Continuous
I was sugar-coating
you were sugar-coating
he/she/it was sugar-coating
we were sugar-coating
you were sugar-coating
they were sugar-coating
Past Perfect
I had sugar-coated
you had sugar-coated
he/she/it had sugar-coated
we had sugar-coated
you had sugar-coated
they had sugar-coated
Future
I will sugar-coat
you will sugar-coat
he/she/it will sugar-coat
we will sugar-coat
you will sugar-coat
they will sugar-coat
Future Perfect
I will have sugar-coated
you will have sugar-coated
he/she/it will have sugar-coated
we will have sugar-coated
you will have sugar-coated
they will have sugar-coated
Future Continuous
I will be sugar-coating
you will be sugar-coating
he/she/it will be sugar-coating
we will be sugar-coating
you will be sugar-coating
they will be sugar-coating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sugar-coating
you have been sugar-coating
he/she/it has been sugar-coating
we have been sugar-coating
you have been sugar-coating
they have been sugar-coating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sugar-coating
you will have been sugar-coating
he/she/it will have been sugar-coating
we will have been sugar-coating
you will have been sugar-coating
they will have been sugar-coating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sugar-coating
you had been sugar-coating
he/she/it had been sugar-coating
we had been sugar-coating
you had been sugar-coating
they had been sugar-coating
Conditional
I would sugar-coat
you would sugar-coat
he/she/it would sugar-coat
we would sugar-coat
you would sugar-coat
they would sugar-coat
Past Conditional
I would have sugar-coated
you would have sugar-coated
he/she/it would have sugar-coated
we would have sugar-coated
you would have sugar-coated
they would have sugar-coated
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
References in classic literature ?
They are sugar-coated and are quickly and easily swallowed.
Let's not sugar-coat it: for many it won't be easy - and there will be blisters.
What we said in a note to our subscribers is that we will have our 'comments' on Q4 in our regular weekly report on Monday...2/ SA also said that we said there is no way to 'sugar-coat how bad' the quarter was.
And don't be afraid to call out Scottish politicians for trying to sugar-coat or deny very Scottish problems.
She didn't want to sugar-coat what I was going through."
When he decides to hire a caretaker, he meets just-out-of-prison Driss, his angry attitude catches Phillipe's attention, as he appreciates the idea of getting help from someone who won't sugar-coat things in life.
Without a single point at the foot of the Co-operative Championship One table, and facing a daunting trip to Swinton Lions on Sunday, the Thunder head coach did not sugar-coat his thoughts.
"We don't sugar-coat things", they said, "It's an 18-rated game, and war is pretty ugly, but we never, ever just threw anything in for shock value."
Refusing to sugar-coat the domestic violence, poverty, and discrimination that have left their effects on the lives of Tate's Cherokee-Appalachian relatives, Power in the Blood also tells stories of individual and communal strength in the face of adversity.
This election, however, that logic will be turned on its head, as President Bush is likely to face a Democrat whose credentials as a deficit hawk are surprisingly strong." Of course, Bush's bloated budget proposals should not cause conservatives to flock to the big-spending Democrats, no matter how they might sugar-coat their message.
At the time, he was thinking, "Parents always try to protect their kids and sugar-coat things and I always hated that.