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sweeten the pill

To make something bad, unpleasant, or dissatisfactory easier to cope with, endure, or accept. The bosses are giving everyone an extra 10% bonus this Christmas, but I suspect it's a way of sweetening the pill that there will be massive pay cuts in January. I have to tell my mom about wrecking her car, but I need to find a way to sweeten the pill first.
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sweeten someone up

to make someone more pleasant. I had hoped that a week in the Caribbean would sweeten him up. The trip sweetened him up, but not for long.
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sweeten something up

to make something taste sweeter. Where is the sugar? I need to sweeten this up a little. A little sugar will sweeten up the coffee.
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sweeten the pot

Fig. to increase the amount of money bet in a card game with hopes of encouraging other players to bet more enthusiastically. John sweetened the pot hoping others would follow.
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sweeten (up) the deal

Fig. to make a bargain or a business transaction more appealing by adding value to the transaction. The dealer sweetened the deal by throwing in free car washes. He wasn't willing to do anything to sweeten the deal, so I left. She sweetened up the deal with a little extra money.
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sweeten the kitty

Also, sweeten the pot or deal . Make something financially more attractive, as in I am unable to give you the new title but I could sweeten the kitty a little by giving you a raise . This idiom comes from card games such as poker, where it means "add money to the pool," and uses sweeten in the sense of "make more agreeable." [Slang; c. 1900]
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sugar/sweeten the ˈpill

make something unpleasant seem less unpleasant: He tried to sweeten the pill by telling her she’d only be in hospital a few days.
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sweeten up

v.
1. To make something sweet or sweeter: The recipe instructs to sweeten up the sauce with a tablespoon of sugar. I usually add some honey to my tea to sweeten it up.
2. To make some offer more appealing: The phone company sweetened up their deal by throwing in a free phone. If you're still unimpressed with our proposal, we can sweeten it up with a great benefits package.
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sweeten

tv. to make a bargain or agreement better or more attractive. Okay, I’ll sweeten the deal. I’ll throw in a lighted mirror on the visor.
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Worldwide, they estimate that sweetened drinks cause 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 45,000 from heart disease and 6,450 from cancers.
ISLAMABAD -- Researchers suggest that replacing a soft drink or a sweetened milk drink with one such as water or unsweetened tea or coffee every day could significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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A study has found a strong link between sweetened beverage consumption (including energy drinks) and hyperactivity or inattention in school-aged children.
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This study investigated the impact of alcohol mixed with artificially sweetened or carbohydrate containing beverages on breath alcohol concentration s (BrAC) under various levels of hydration status.
Washington, July 30 ( ANI ): A new study has revealed that consumption of drinks, which have been sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup or sucrose, in teenage can impair the ability to learn and remember information.
A review published in The American Journal of Cardiology reveals that there is a strong correlation between drinking sugar- sweetened drinks and elevated blood pressure.
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Incidence of Type-2 diabetes was compared with consumption of 12 fluid ounce servings of sweetened drinks, equivalent to a normal-sized can of Coca-Cola.
A total of 350,000 individuals were questioned about their diet, including their consumption of sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened "lite" soft drinks and juices.
Summary: Artificially sweetened sodas have been linked to a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes for women than sodas sweetened with ordinary sugar, a French study unveiled on Thursday found.
Hager Xyli-Spray is a fresh breath spray that is 100 percent sweetened with natural xylitol.
Artificially sweetened soft drinks could play a role in causing premature birth, researchers from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg have found.