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a sop to Cerberus

A bribe. Taken from the ancient Greek and Roman custom of leaving gifts with corpses so that Cerberus (guardian of the gates of hell) would pass them by. What is this money, a sop to Cerberus so that I won't tell the authorities what you've done?
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sop up

To absorb some liquid through dipping, wiping, or drenching. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sop" and "up." As rainwater poured into the basement, we grabbed every towel and sheet we could find to sop it all up. I love using my toast to sop up the runny yolk from my fried eggs.
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sop something up

to mop or soak up a liquid. Use this rag to sop the spilled milk up. The rag will sop up the mess a little at a time.
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a sop to Cerberus

something offered to appease someone.
In Greek mythology, Cerberus was the three-headed watchdog which guarded the entrance of Hades. In the Aeneid Virgil describes how the Sibyl guiding Aeneas to the underworld threw a drugged cake to Cerberus, thus enabling the hero to pass the monster in safety.
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sop up

v.
To take something up by absorption; absorb something: We sopped up the water with paper towels. I sopped the sauce up with a piece of bread.
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sop

1. n. a drunkard; an alcoholic. Give the old sop a buck and tell him to beat it.
2. tv. & in. to guzzle (liquor). You’ve sopped booze long enough. Go home.
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The Effect of Topical SOP on the Proportion of Sunburn Cells in the Epidermis after UVB Irradiation.
Director, Manager of any dept that writes SOPs or performs training
Those companies that are especially at risk on SOP in 2012 should analyze their shareholder base and hone their messaging and outreach strategy well in advance of next year's annual meeting.
Thus, the SOP model asserts that there is a maximum of only four kinds within a category; for example, there are four kinds of DNA, four main blood groups, four kinds of fundamental elements, four kinds of multi-celled living things and four fundamental forces in nature (Glassop, 2007).
The SOP may include specific information or documentation needed to satisfy postsecondary education or training institutions, community services providers, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, especially Section 504.
Lincoln Financial also says that in 2007, SOP 05-01 is expected to have an impact of an additional DAC and VOBA amortization of $15 million to $20 million, pre-tax.
The use of an SOP promotes quality through consistent implementation of a risk management process.
Even though SOP promises to solve several computing and integration issues, it is not without its challenges.
Early reaction to the SEC guidance was strong because corporate officers couldn't be sure what it meant, according to John Dirks, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Jose and a member of the AcSEC working group that developed SOP 97-2.
Its SOP meets all of our critical site requirements - reliability, security, scalability and performance.
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Like a NQSO program, a nonemployer SOP offers the employer considerable flexibility, including the ability to set the terms of the option and any vesting requirements.
Issued by the Accounting Standards Executive Committee (AcSEC), SOP 97-2 provides guidance on applying revenue recognition principles to software transactions.