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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

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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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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The Project Manager of South Pars (Sweetening) Towers, Siyavash Araqi, told reporters in Arak city on Sunday that these towers are used for sweetening sour gas in the Iran-Qatar joint gas field.
He noted that a total of 49 sweetening towers have so far been manufactured and installed at the site, saying that they have saved the country 20 million euros in spending.
Ajinomoto Aspartame has been sweetening the world's favourite low- and no-sugar brands for more than 25 years.
As a result it would appear that the interest in reducing sugar levels in the diet would perhaps be better achieved by reduction of overall sweetness and sugar levels in foods, or focusing on natural sweetening, or the development of new 'natural' sweeteners where possible, allowing a move away from the term 'artificial' and thus negating the adverse consumer perception of the term.
Ocean Spray is one of the first food and beverage companies in the United States to use an innovative sweetening system to enhance the flavor of Juice & Tea Diet Wildberry.
0 seamlessly imbeds within the HYSYS environment and enables engineers to simulate gas and liquid sweetening processes involving single, blended or activated amines, thus increasing productivity and improving process designs.
The new sweetening plant is scheduled to be sold to Duke Energy Field Services, Inc.