sweeten the pill


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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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But to sweeten the pill, they bestowed hundreds of shares upon me, a neat pile for each account I owned.
Ever since privatisation, which brought a brief price freeze to sweeten the pill, prices on the railways have been creeping upwards, with those who travel on a whim being punished with what are often ludicrous charges.
A very disappointed Lions coach, Mark Ellis for once couldn't find positives to sweeten the pill.
Lenders will often try to sweeten the pill by encouraging you to add fees to your loan.
But Defence Minister Willie O'Dea sought to sweeten the pill by reassuring workers that while cuts will be made in spending, taxes won't go up.
Warwickshire hope to sweeten the pill by providing Junior Bears members a free Warwickshire shirt and will offer other incentives such as discounted international tickets and tickets for friends for butI games in st attempt to soften the blow of the price rises.
She attempted to sweeten the pill by announcing that areas dropping off the map would benefit from a new grant aid scheme, but only for firms of up to 250 people.
It's always galling when our politicians sweeten the pill by telling us that what they are doing is in the public good - rather than yet another cynical attempt to raise Government revenues.
And he sought to sweeten the pill with a pounds 2bn raid on the profits of the North Sea oil companies to fund a package of assistance for pensioners while enabling him to freeze duty on petrol and diesel.
IT WILL take more than a spoonful of sugar to sweeten the pill for parents faced with growing childcare costs.
Compared to the outgoing model, prices are up pounds 2000 on average - but you get more equipment as standard and a metal roof rather than a fabric one to sweeten the pill.
Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett tried to sweeten the pill by saying warheads will be cut by 20 per cent to fewer than 160.
Except this is a true story, so we can relax from the start, knowing that there is a happy ever after to sweeten the pill of his suffering.
Not that it's their money they're spending, which must sweeten the pill.
The Conservatives reject this scheme, arguing that however much the Government tries to sweeten the pill, there is no way merging smaller police forces into one large one can do anything but create a less responsive, less accountable force.