another sugar–coated to-do on my already bloated list

V52

Member Emeritus
Italy Italian
Hi! It's a long time...

I need a help about ma sentence
context : a mother complains against usual Christmas duties

" Christmas seems like another sugar – coated to-do on my already bloated list
"

Of course I got some ideas, but I'd like some suggestion. Thank you in advance..
V52
 
  • V52

    Member Emeritus
    Italy Italian
    Thank you...
    you are guessing that "sugar coated" means the italian "ciliegina sulla torta" (for our friends from overseas - the cherry on the top of the cake = the last straw)
    Mumble... mumble... I'm thinking...
    Maybe do we need some other hint ...?
    V52
     

    Azazel81

    Senior Member
    Italy - Italian
    Non potrebbe andare qualcosa tipo "la ciliegina sulla torta delle innumerevoli cose che devo sbrigare". Ciao! :)
    Io ho sempre visto "sugar-coated" usato per intendere "addolcire la pillola", quindi quando si tratta di una situazione spiacevole che deve essere presa bene.

    A me suona tipo: "Il Natale è un'altra/l'ennesima pillola addolcita (che devo sorbirmi) della lista già stracolma di cose da fare".

    Natives.. what do you reckon?
     

    You little ripper!

    Senior Member
    Australian English
    Io ho sempre visto "sugar-coated" usato per intendere "addolcire la pillola", quindi quando si tratta di una situazione spiacevole che deve essere presa bene.

    A me suona tipo: "Il Natale è un'altra/l'ennesima pillola addolcita (che devo sorbirmi) della lista già stracolma di cose da fare".

    Natives.. what do you reckon?
    You've got the gist of it, Az. :)

    'Sugar-coated' here means something that appears to be lovely and nice on the surface, but underneath it all is quite a different matter. Christmas appears to be such a wonderful and happy time on the surface, but what it really comes down to is a whole lot of stress and hard work.
     
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    V52

    Member Emeritus
    Italy Italian
    Thank you All!
    It thought something like the solution that Charles pointed out!
    Thank you again
    V52
     
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