(entered for 04.10.06)
Meaning: be overly optimistic about something to lessen its impact.
Rewrite 1: coat it with cavity-inducing2b sweetness
Rewrite 2: a ripe lemon coated with sugar
Rewrite 3: sweeten the gruel with optimism
Rewrite 4: coat the medicine with a fine sheen1 of sugar
Comment: I’m optimistic you’ll find more ways to coat the unsavory with sugar.
More reading about clichés
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• Movie Clichés: “Software by Tom Crosley and others.” From the Freedownloadscenter.com.
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