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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 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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Thus, the $50,000 would be recognized as follows: (assuming the four revenue recognition criteria of SOP 97-2 are met)
SOP 91-1 endorsed the existing guidance of APB Opinion No.
Visit to the hospital clearly shows the facility is running without SOPs and nobody is bothered how important these are to manage a hospital in an efficient and orderly manner.
Under the SOP, most advertising will be expensed at least as early and usually earlier than it would have been without the SOP.
This SOP requires nonpublic investment partnerships to present at least a condensed schedule of investments in which investments are organized by type, focusing on geographic and industry concentrations, and requires that material investments (more than 5 percent of net assets) in any one investee be disclosed separately.
The guidance in the proposed SOP is based on the premise that most advertising may result in future economic benefits that meet the definition of an asset in FASB Concepts Statement no.
This course begins by explaining why SOPs must be followed in finished dose facilities and what information they should contain.
An SOP entitled Foreign Currency Accounting and Financial Statement Presentation for Investment Companies has been approved for final issuance.
By providing defined SOPs and mapping internal business practices, PowerCerv Vision helps users document business processes in preparation for formal ISO/QS9000 certification.
In this regard, the KP Board of Revenue through a letter has asked all the divisional commissioners to conduct a test of all the employees working on the revenue side under their jurisdiction about the implementations and progress about the SOPs issued by the Board of Revenue on the directives of the chief secretary on November 10, 2017.
Therefore, along with establishing standard operating procedures (SOPs) the PLD must implement directly, it must also develop over-sight SOPs to ensure its contract manufacturing and fulfillment companies are in compliance.
According to the SOPs, sanitation workers had been directed not to enter the manholes without gas detectors and wear safety belts alongwith necessary gadgets in this regard.
The SOPs, prepared by Ministry of Interior, have been dispatched to relevant Ministries, foreign embassies in Pakistan and Pakistani Missions abroad.
During the second half of the second day, the participants were divided into seven groups to carry out an exercise on developing SOPs for the tsunami emergency response using the timeline template tools.