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keep (one) sweet

To do nice things for someone in order to maintain their loyalty or to get something out of them in the future. She isn't the easiest person in the world to work for, but she keeps us sweet with a big fat bonus at the end of the year. He's been keeping the superintendent sweet so that he'll get a favorable review at the end of the year.
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keep someone sweet

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COMMON If you keep someone sweet, you do something to please them so that they will treat you well in return. Remember to tip the barman to keep him sweet. I like to keep him sweet because he's quite useful to have on our side.
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keep someone sweet

keep someone well disposed towards yourself, especially by favours or bribery. informal
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Q What tips and advice do you have for parents to keep sweet treats to a minimum this festive season?
LINPAC Packaging, Europe's leading multi-material packaging manufacturer, has developed a new range of bakery containers in partnership with its customers to keep sweet treats spongier and fresher for longer.
com * KEEP sweet treats in this James Tanner biscuit canister, pounds 12 from Matalan.
But I am old enough and wise enough to know the manager's problems and the amount of players he has to keep sweet and happy.
The majority of the seats are "safe" and all the sitting tenant needs to do is to keep sweet with the partyleadership and he/she can waltz through to a padded lifestyle of largess and protection.
The new facility, to be completed in time for this fall's harvest, will allow local growers to keep sweet potatoes fresh for up to 12 months.