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a sop to Cerberus

A bribe. Taken from the ancient Greek and Roman custom of leaving gifts with corpses so that Cerberus (guardian of the gates of hell) would pass them by. What is this money, a sop to Cerberus so that I won't tell the authorities what you've done?
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sop something up

to mop or soak up a liquid. Use this rag to sop the spilled milk up. The rag will sop up the mess a little at a time.
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sop up

v.
To take something up by absorption; absorb something: We sopped up the water with paper towels. I sopped the sauce up with a piece of bread.
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sop

1. n. a drunkard; an alcoholic. Give the old sop a buck and tell him to beat it.
2. tv. & in. to guzzle (liquor). You’ve sopped booze long enough. Go home.
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Risk Based approach on SOP Best Practices for creation and maintenance.
Our depth allows the 19th SOPS to do things made difficult on the RegAF side due to folks coming and going on permanent change-of-station moves every three or four years.
The combined answer to these questions is used to determine the appropriate SOP code assignment.
Finally, an SOP serves as a document that demonstrates that a consistent method is being used to identify and evaluate risks, examine solutions to these risks, and ensure that well-informed decisions are being made.
Issued by the Accounting Standards Executive Committee (AcSEC), SOP 97-2 provides guidance on applying revenue recognition principles to software transactions.
The SOP should cover areas such as when and whom to call for x-ray report.
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But AcSEC was determined to release a proposed SOP even if it constituted only one small part of the whole.
The product is shipping with "Backup," "Restore" and "Maintenance" SOPs for SQL Server, Oracle and DB2 environments running Unix, Solaris, Windows and Linux.
This SOP is effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 1994.
Advanced GMP for Solid Dose Operators covers everything a trainee needs to know about more demanding CGMP topics such as SOPs, completing records, cleaning of equipment, QC status, use of computers, etc.
The SOP would apply to all entities and might amend current American Institute of CPAs SOPs and audit and accounting guides.
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