reward (someone, something, or oneself) with (something)

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reward (someone, something, or oneself) with (something)

To bestow a particular gift, prize, bonus, treat, etc., upon someone, oneself, some animal, or group (as a result of worthy behavior or actions). Often used in passive constructions. I try to reward my kids with berries and other sweet fruits instead of chocolates or candies I'm so pleased with my final exam results that I'm going to reward myself with a day at the spa. The company's new consumer-friendly business strategy is being rewarded with a huge surge of new business.
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reward someone with something

to honor someone with a gift of something. She rewarded the helpful child with a chocolate chip cookie. He rewarded himself with a night on the town.
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Coun DAVID COOK, Labour, Lemington Ward AW of Gosforth wrote that he would "never understand how knowingly lending other people's money held in their trust to people who couldn't pay it back and rewarding themselves with huge bonuses for doing so wasn't classed as fraud".
Not content with trousering huge pay and bonuses, often without any link to their performance, top directors are also rewarding themselves with seven digit pension pots.
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While ordinary workers are happy to accept pay rises in the region of 3.5 per cent, the bosses of the UK's top companies are rewarding themselves with pay packets that are almost six times bigger.
I will never understand how knowingly lending other people's money held in their trustto people they knew couldn't pay it back and rewarding themselves with huge bonuses for doing so wasn't classed as fraud.
We need a living wage and an end to the system that allows companies to build up huge profits, while rewarding themselves with big bonuses but paying peanuts to their employees - whose pay then has to be topped up by taxpayers.