keep (one) sweet

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keep (one) sweet

To do nice things for one in order to maintain their loyalty or to elicit some benefit from them in the future. She isn't the easiest person in the world to work for, but she keeps us sweet with a big fat bonus at the end of the year. He's been keeping the superintendent sweet so that he'll get a favorable review at the end of the year.
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keep someone sweet

BRITISH
COMMON If you keep someone sweet, you do something to please them so that they will treat you well in return. Remember to tip the barman to keep him sweet. I like to keep him sweet because he's quite useful to have on our side.
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keep someone sweet

keep someone well disposed towards yourself, especially by favours or bribery. informal
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keep somebody ˈsweet

(informal) be pleasant and nice to somebody, so that they will treat you well: I have to keep my mother sweet because I want to borrow the car.
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He has enjoyed himself since he came to us and we've been trying to keep him sweet.
Coleen says I'M ASSUMING your brother is younger than you and it sounds to me as if your mum is trying good old-fashioned bribery to keep him sweet a lot of the time.
Rhodes has not rocked the boat despite huge interest and Hoyle is keen to keep him sweet and help fire his club to the Championship.
He had a week in the field after last time, then he canters one day and goes in the field the next, just to keep him sweet.
The Americans need to keep him sweet as the barrier to Al Qaida and bin-Laden.
I don't tell him that because I am trying to keep him sweet.
Paul takes the bait and moves in for a kiss, but Ms Battersby wants to keep him sweet, so she pecks him on the cheek, leaving the chef disappointed.
Super Serb Vidic, who will be back in Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United side for the Chelsea crunch today, is looking to get a hike to the pounds 130,000-a-week bracket to keep him sweet.
I am trying to keep him sweet by constantly switching him so that he does not know what he is doing," said Michael O'Brien.
Saints are preparing to offer the left-back a bumper new five-year contract to keep him sweet on the south coast.
Quinn is desperate to keep the big Trinidad and Tobago target man and is planning to reward him with a massive pay rise to keep him sweet and away from Spurs.
But given his excellent form, Blackburn are keen to offer him an extended deal on vastly improved terms in an attempt to keep him sweet.
I told Seamus to try and give him some light so he could get him away from the other horses and keep him sweet," he said.
We bet Eva will bend over backwards to keep him sweet.