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sweetheart

1. A term of endearment for a loved one, especially a child or romantic partner. How was school today, sweetheart? OK, sweetheart, I'll see you at 8 o'clock.
2. A person with whom one is romantically involved. A: "So, Jeff, I hear you've got a little sweetheart at school!" B: "Ah, don't go embarrassing the boy, Linda!" I really don't mind being single, but I do sometimes wish I had a sweetheart in my life to spend time with and confide in.
3. An especially kind, generous, friendly person. A: "Tom came over and did a bunch of chores for me while I was laid out in bed with the flu." B: "Yeah, he's a real sweetheart like that. A: "Here, I brought you some flowers because I knew you were a little down in the dumps." B: "Oh my gosh, you are such a sweetheart!"

sweetheart agreement

1. An industrial agreement made between an employer and local labor union officials containing terms beneficial to the employer without the knowledge of the employees, typically in exchange for money to the union or its leaders. It was later discovered that the union leader had made a sweetheart agreement with the company that eliminated employees' right to strike in exchange for a hefty yearly bonus for himself. The automotive manufacturer decided to move its factories to a different country, where it established a sweetheart agreement with the local labor union to pay workers substantially less than those previously enjoyed by American employees.
2. Any kind of agreement or contract that is mutually beneficial two the two parties directly involved, typically at the expense of a third party that is not privy to the agreement. It turns out the athletic director had in place a sweetheart agreement with the national athletics association, essentially receiving kickbacks every time one of his athletes performed well. The charity has come under fire for what some are calling a sweetheart agreement with a for-profit events organizer that receives nearly 40% of the annual donations the charity receives.

sweetheart contract

1. An industrial agreement made between an employer and local labor union officials containing terms beneficial to the employer without the knowledge of the employees, typically in exchange for money to the union or its leaders. It was later discovered that the union leader had made a sweetheart contract with the company that eliminated employees' right to strike in exchange for a hefty yearly bonus for himself. The automotive manufacturer decided to move its factories to a different country, where it established a sweetheart contract with the local labor union to pay workers substantially less than those previously enjoyed by American employees.
2. Any kind of agreement or contract that is mutually beneficial two the two parties directly involved, typically at the expense of a third party that is not privy to the agreement. It turns out the athletic director had in place a sweetheart contract with the national athletics association, essentially receiving kickbacks every time one of his athletes performed well. The charity has come under fire for what some are calling a sweetheart contract with a for-profit events organizer that receives nearly 40% of the annual donations the charity receives.
See also: contract, sweetheart

sweetheart deal

1. An industrial agreement made between an employer and local labor union officials containing terms beneficial to the employer without the knowledge of the employees, typically in exchange for money to the union or its leaders. It was later discovered that the union leader had made a sweetheart deal with the company that eliminated employees' right to strike in exchange for a hefty yearly bonus for himself. The automotive manufacturer decided to move its factories to a different country, where it established a sweetheart deal with the local labor union to pay workers substantially less than those previously enjoyed by American employees.
2. Any kind of agreement or contract that is mutually beneficial two the two parties directly involved, typically at the expense of a third party that is not privy to the agreement. It turns out the athletic director had in place a sweetheart deal with the national athletics association, essentially receiving kickbacks every time one of his athletes performed well. The charity has come under fire for what some are calling a sweetheart deal with a for-profit events organizer that receives nearly 40% of the annual donations the charity receives.
See also: deal, sweetheart

sweetheart agreement

 and sweetheart deal
a private agreement reached between a public agency or government official and a private company that includes illicit payments or special favors. They found that the mayor was involved in a number of sweetheart agreements. Most of the building contractors in town would be out of business if they didn't have sweetheart deals with the local politicians.

sweetheart deal

n. a deal made between friends so that both may profit well. (Such deals usually involve illegal or unethical practices.) Most of the general contractors in town would be out of business if they didn’t offer “sweetheart deals” to the politicians.
See also: deal, sweetheart
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For its part, sweethearting is estimated to account for up to 40 percent of revenue losses from theft - as much as 80 billion dollars - and represents 16 percent of losses attributed to customers.
Their research offered insights into personality traits that could indicate a prospective employee is more likely to engage in sweethearting. For instance, they found that the frequency of sweethearting is greater when employees have higher levels of need for social approval, higher levels of risk-seeking propensity and weaker ethical values.
The research indicates that managers attempting to control sweethearting should consider including measures of ethics and need for approval in their pre-employment screening and target applicants who are on the high and low ends of such scales.
Gaudette adds that, in addition to detecting and reducing sweethearting, the use of the technology will enable the chain to improve its cashier workforce through better training.
Employees who engage in sweethearting are identified the first time they conduct a fraudulent transaction and can be dealt with immediately rather than months later.
Kundu, who developed facial recognition systems for identifying terrorists before he founded StopLift, points out that the system has successfully detected sweethearting incidents that were previously unidentifiable through typical exception-reporting metrics.
In developing the software Kundu characterized and classified behaviors that are indicative of sweethearting.
The software examines how each item is handled in every transaction, enabling it to catch sweethearting in the act.
While retailers of all kinds have battled sweethearting, the practice has hit supermarkets particularly hard because of their narrow profit margins.