sugarcoat

USAGE NOTE
This word may also be spelled “sugar-coat.”
sugarcoat
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to make less harsh)
a. azucarar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
It is important that you don't sugarcoat the bad news.Es importante que no azucares la mala noticia.
b. endulzar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
My grandmother sugarcoated the story of my father's death.Mi abuela endulzó la historia de la muerte de mi padre.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It is what it is. Don't sugarcoat it.Es lo que es. Llama al pan, pan, y al vino, vino.
My mother-in-law always sugarcoats everything. No wonder my husband is a wuss.Mi suegra siempre dora la píldora. No es de extrañar que mi esposo sea un gallina.
2. (culinary)
a. azucarar
The baker sugarcoated the pie crust and baked it.El pastelero azucaró la masa de tarta y la horneó.
b. bañar con azúcar
Add some of these berries to your cereal. I sugarcoated them; they are delicious.Agrega algunas de estas bayas a tu cereal. Las bañé con azúcar; están deliciosas.
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