sugar pill
noun Date: 1852 a pharmacologically inert pill ; placebo

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  • sugar pill — n a pharmacologically inert pill: placebo …   Medical dictionary

  • sugar pill — noun, pl ⋯ pills [count] : a pill that is given to a patient like a drug but that has no medicine in it : ↑placebo Half the patients were given the medication and the other half received a sugar pill …   Useful english dictionary

  • sugar pill — noun A pill made of sugar, especially in context of being used as a placebo …   Wiktionary

  • sugar the pill — To compensate somewhat for an unpleasant prospect, unwelcome imposition, etc • • • Main Entry: ↑sugar * * * sweeten/sugar the pill phrase to make something unpleasant easier to accept To sweeten the pill, the company will introduce a range of new …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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. • • • Main Entry: ↑pill …   Useful english dictionary

  • pill — ► NOUN 1) a small round mass of solid medicine for swallowing whole. 2) (the Pill) a contraceptive pill. ► VERB ▪ (of knitted fabric) form small balls of fluff on its surface. ● a bitter pill Cf. ↑a bitter pill …   English terms dictionary

  • sugar (or sweeten) the pill — make an unpleasant or painful necessity more palatable. → pill …   English new terms dictionary

  • sugar the pill — ► sugar (or sweeten) the pill make an unpleasant or painful necessity more palatable. Main Entry: ↑pill …   English terms dictionary

  • sugar — n. & v. n. 1 a sweet crystalline substance obtained from various plants, esp. the sugar cane and sugar beet, used in cookery, confectionery, brewing, etc.; sucrose. 2 Chem. any of a group of soluble usu. sweet tasting crystalline carbohydrates… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sugar — [[t]ʃ ʊgə(r)[/t]] ♦♦♦ sugars, sugaring, sugared 1) N UNCOUNT Sugar is a sweet substance that is used to make food and drinks sweet. It is usually in the form of small white or brown crystals. → See also , confectioners sugar, , granulated sugar,… …   English dictionary

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