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keep (one) sweet

To do nice things for one in order to maintain their loyalty or to elicit some benefit from 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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keep somebody ˈsweet

(informal) be pleasant and nice to somebody, so that they will treat you well: I have to keep my mother sweet because I want to borrow the car.
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I read how to preserve sweet corn in an old cook book (I don't remember the name): To keep sweet corn through the winter, boil it on the cob for 10 minutes, cool, cut the corn off the cobs and put about three pounds in a cloth bag and hang it on the clothesline (or some other place) for about three days, or until completely dry.
Chocolate-Topped Peanut-Toffee Bars Potato chips are the "secret" ingredient that keep sweet in balance with salty in a candy-like toffee bar.
uk THE WORLD WAS HIS LOBSTER | ARTHUR'S wife was never seen, but "er, indoors" is the one person he needed to keep sweet.
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.
HUNGRY PEAS: Keep sweet peas blooming by keeping the spent flowers removed.
She must be seriously in love to turn down that sort of money to keep sweet with her boyfriend," added the source.
Some astute judges raise the doubt whether Vialli will be able to keep sweet such an array of potentially fragile egos and warn that player-power could inflict irreparable damage when the first sticky patch is hit.