sweeten the pot

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.
See also: pot, sweeten
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To sweeten the pot, this contest offers cash prizes for the Top 3 heroes nominated.
The deal that was offered to Ukraine was full of demands for reform and restructuring of its corrupt economy, but had little in the way of aid to soften the blows and sweeten the pot.
The deal that was offered to Ukraine was full of demands for reform and restructuring of its corrupt economy, but it had little in the way of aid to soften the blows and sweeten the pot.
But Arab diplomats report he's handing out millions of dollars and generous infrastructure projects to sweeten the pot.
In Berryman's case, for example, the two banks he shopped quoted identical 3 percent rates even though they may have had the flexibility to sweeten the pot with a closing-cost credit.
Most knife users agree the modern frame-lock popularized by knifemaker/manufacturer Chris Reeve is one of the sturdiest locking mechanisms available on a folding knife today, DPx Gear has taken the design a bit further by designing a tactical/survival folder with a few interesting add-ons to sweeten the pot.
They are without a point guard now as Jason Kidd is a free agent, and there are reports that the Mavericks intend to offer the 38-year-old Nash a two-year deal in an attempt to sweeten the pot.
To sweeten the pot, participants earned a 30-dollar bonus for each of two estimation rounds, but lost 1 dollar for each percentage point their answer deviated from correct.
Unless a credit union needing a merger partner is a perfect fit for the institution taking it over and holds high-quality assets, the NCUA might need to sweeten the pot to make the deal.
With a few ragamuffin academics, superstar DJs, and suburban sonic artists thrown in to sweeten the pot.
This stuff generally isn't public, for good reason: customers might get the idea that if they're serious about Google, Microsoft may sweeten the pot to win the deal.
And top brass at the England and Wales Cricket Board are prepared to sweeten the pot by throwing in a clause giving Flower, 42, the option of skipping a tour during the term of his contract to save him from burnout.
To sweeten the pot a little more, all coupons will get the chance to win one of each model.
As markets begin to shift from the landlords' favor, landlords will increase concessions (free rent and tenant-improvement allowances) to sweeten the pot for tenants before lowering face rents.
But a club wishing to sign him still could sweeten the pot by offering Wells additional money to increase his overall salary to entice him out of what might be retirement.