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

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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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Keep them sweet Sow sweet peas in pots and keep them in a cold frame or a sheltered part of the garden.
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The perks they get from England to keep them sweet will go.
Previously, the fact that supermarkets did not seem to use their muscle when independent retailers have their margins cut has fuelled suspicion that publishers are doing off-invoice deals with the multiples to keep them sweet.
That's the stunning voucher discount - seen by the Mirror - waved under the nose of one customer to keep them sweet.
Rather than condemning his bottomof-League One players to hard labour, the 37-year-old has been at great pains to keep them sweet.
To keep them sweet, he's put in some funny stuff as well and some big names - George Michael, Clive Owen, Gordon Ramsay and David Tennant.
The first four of those could be placed on new one-year or two-year contracts to keep them sweet because there is no doubting their qualities as players.
To keep them sweet, ply them with chocolate and ice-cream - 54 per cent said they were their favourite foods - and 82 per cent of women believe that after a weekend of wining, dining and partying there is nothing better than getting cosy on the sofa with their boyfriend and a takeaway.
Keep them sweet with a giant gumball machine or giant sherbet fountain Photos: BHS and Debenhams
BUILDING society customers are set to share pounds 250 million a year in handouts to keep them sweet.