keep (one) sweet

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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

BRITISH
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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