sugar/sweeten the pill

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of sugar/sweeten the pill

: to make an unpleasant thing less difficult to accept or deal with
  • Faster service may sugar the pill of higher fees.

Word by Word Definitions

sugar play
  1. : a sweet crystallizable material that consists wholly or essentially of sucrose, is colorless or white when pure tending to brown when less refined, is obtained commercially from sugarcane or sugar beet and less extensively from sorghum, maples, and palms, and is important as a source of dietary carbohydrate and as a sweetener and preservative of other foods

  2. : any of various water-soluble compounds that vary widely in sweetness, include the monosaccharides and oligosaccharides, and typically are optically active

  3. : a unit (such as a spoonful, cube, or lump) of sugar

  1. : to make palatable or attractive : sweeten

  2. : to sprinkle or mix with sugar

  3. : to form or be converted into sugar

sweeten play
  1. : to make sweet

  2. : to soften the mood or attitude of

  3. : to make less painful or trying

pill play
  1. : to come off in flakes or scales : peel

  2. : to subject to depredation or extortion

  3. : to peel or strip off

  1. : a usually medicinal or dietary preparation in a small rounded mass to be swallowed whole

  2. : birth control pill

  3. : something repugnant or unpleasant that must be accepted or endured

  1. : to dose with pills

  2. : blackball

  3. : to become rough with or mat into little balls


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