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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
References in classic literature ?
My sweetheart knows a little back stair that leads to the bedchamber, and she knows where she can get the key of it."
The Sweethearts of Swing are a three-part Andrews Sisters inspired trio from Northern Ireland, singing all the favourites, and some more besides, in that iconic forties style.
Only a heartbeat away Sweetheart xxxxxxx.) Sweethearts as teenagers, Sweetheart still xx (Another birthday Fred, we send you all our love.
The sweethearts were seen laughing and joking and all Royal protocol was forgotten as they jumped up to celebrate England's only try - scored by Jason Robinson.
A LOVELY pair of love spoons made of polished elm, given as love tokens by sweethearts.
There's no place for sweethearts in the Armed Forces.
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"We were sweethearts but it meant nothing more than a chaste goodnight kiss.
There are also a lot of awards ceremonies and other bashes to go to and Ryan is quite a shy bloke and wasn't into the celebrity circuit thing." The sweethearts Lucy & Ryan in May source added: "They are gutted but will remain friends."
My having just returned from participating in a Bremen TV documentary about Lale Andersen, I am reminded that she was the broadcasting pioneer of forces singing sweethearts, although we now have a generation that has never heard of her.
THERE'S something special about childhood sweethearts. You never forget them.
There's a celebrity split at the centre of new comedy America's Sweethearts.
Former teenage sweethearts Bill Langdon and Dorah Rowland finally tied the knot yesterday - at the age of 85 and almost 70 years after they first met.
Summary: Real life couple star as on stage sweethearts in West End production.