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sweeten the pill

To make something bad, unpleasant, or dissatisfactory easier to cope with, endure, or accept. The bosses are giving everyone an extra 10% bonus this Christmas, but I suspect it's a way of sweetening the pill that there will be massive pay cuts in January. I have to tell my mom about wrecking her car, but I need to find a way to sweeten the pill first.
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sweeten someone up

to make someone more pleasant. I had hoped that a week in the Caribbean would sweeten him up. The trip sweetened him up, but not for long.
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sweeten something up

to make something taste sweeter. Where is the sugar? I need to sweeten this up a little. A little sugar will sweeten up the coffee.
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sweeten the pot

Fig. to increase the amount of money bet in a card game with hopes of encouraging other players to bet more enthusiastically. John sweetened the pot hoping others would follow.
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sweeten (up) the deal

Fig. to make a bargain or a business transaction more appealing by adding value to the transaction. The dealer sweetened the deal by throwing in free car washes. He wasn't willing to do anything to sweeten the deal, so I left. She sweetened up the deal with a little extra money.
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sweeten the kitty

Also, sweeten the pot or deal . Make something financially more attractive, as in I am unable to give you the new title but I could sweeten the kitty a little by giving you a raise . This idiom comes from card games such as poker, where it means "add money to the pool," and uses sweeten in the sense of "make more agreeable." [Slang; c. 1900]
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sweeten up

1. To make something sweet or sweeter: The recipe instructs to sweeten up the sauce with a tablespoon of sugar. I usually add some honey to my tea to sweeten it up.
2. To make some offer more appealing: The phone company sweetened up their deal by throwing in a free phone. If you're still unimpressed with our proposal, we can sweeten it up with a great benefits package.
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tv. to make a bargain or agreement better or more attractive. Okay, I’ll sweeten the deal. I’ll throw in a lighted mirror on the visor.
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My loyalty is to the buyer and my compensation is from the buyer; my goal is to achieve a win-win done deal," Sweeten assures his clients.
Similarly, when David Sweeten lists businesses for sale, he wears the typical hat of a business broker/intermediary.
We discourage buyers from purchasing mediocre businesses," says Sweeten.
To put the financials into some perspective, Sweeten remarks that the last "good" year for 600 Lathes in the U.
Mr Sweeten is actively involved with a number of associations including being deputy president of the Engineering Employers' Federation (EEF), a member of the Economic Policy Committee and a member of the Strategy Review Group.
Sweeten points to growing sales in eastern Europe, achieved through its association with the Consorta organization (Prague, Czech Republic).
When asked about the Richmond series of VMCs introduced in April 2002, Sweeten says he had been "pleasantly surprised" by the machines' take-off in the U.
Newest Addition to Diet Coke Family Sweetens Summertime for SPLENDA(R) Brand Sweetener Lovers
At the same time, it is true that certain varieties of fruit do not sweeten in certain climates.
XyloSweet individual serving packets offer a convenient and healthy way for children and adults to sweeten their cereal, and a safe way for diabetics and weight conscious individuals to sweeten everything from their morning beverage to grapefruit.
XyloSweet individual serving packets provide an easy way for children and adults to sweeten the foods they eat everyday," said Nathan Jones, president of Xlear, Inc.
CEO gives competition more time to consider and sweetens the pot