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any of a variety of confections made with sugar, syrup, etc., often combined with chocolate, fruit, nuts, etc.
a single piece of such a confection.
Slang. cocaine.
someone or something that is pleasing or pleasurable, usually in a superficial way (often used in combination):
eye candy.
to cook in sugar or syrup, as sweet potatoes or carrots.
to cook in heavy syrup until transparent, as fruit, fruit peel, or ginger.
to reduce (sugar, syrup, etc.) to a crystalline form, usually by boiling down.
to coat with sugar:
to candy dates.
to make sweet, palatable, or agreeable.
to become covered with sugar.
to crystallize into sugar.
Historical Examples

The College, the Market, and the Court Caroline H. Dall
Cooley’s Practical Receipts, Volume II Arnold Cooley
Burroughs’ Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889 Barkham Burroughs
Candy-Making at Home Mary M. Wright

noun (pl) -dies
(mainly US & Canadian) confectionery in general; sweets, chocolate, etc
a person or thing that is regarded as being attractive but superficial: arm candy
(informal) like taking candy from a baby, very easy to accomplish
verb -dies, -dying, -died
to cause (sugar, etc) to become crystalline, esp by boiling or (of sugar) to become crystalline through boiling
to preserve (fruit peel, ginger, etc) by boiling in sugar
to cover with any crystalline substance, such as ice or sugar

Cocaine or hashish (narcotics 1900+)
A sugar cube soaked with lsd; LSD (1960s+ Narcotics)
Any barbiturate drug; drugs in general (1960s+ Narcotics)
Something easily done; breeze, cinch, piece of cake (1940s+)


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