sweeten the pot

sweeten (up) the pot

To make something more enticing, alluring, or attractive, especially from a financial perspective. He was still unsure whether he wanted the job, so the company offered to sweeten the pot with an excellent pension plan. Don't be afraid to sweeten the pot with a little bit of pocket money if your kids are really unwilling to do chores.
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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 the pot

Make something more attractive financially. The term dates from about 1900 and alludes to card games such as poker, where it means to add money to the pool. It is now used figuratively, as in “To sweeten the pot for members, the museum offers a 10 percent discount in its gift shop.”
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SOME companies utilize wellness programs to sweeten the pot, and that may be working, according to Optum and the National Business Group on Health's survey of 2,000 employees.
The businessowneroffered to sweeten the pot, upping his payment to $30,000.
To sweeten the pot, the military also forced Salah Gosh, head of the murderous and universally hated National Intelligence and Security Service, to resign.
Baar said the village could further "sweeten the pot" by giving a quarter of that 1 percent to the village's restaurants "for advertising and promotional things."
To sweeten the pot, a shiny Poochyena was even made available.
She said the SBMA is now seeking to integrate tourist destinations in the neighboring provinces of Pampanga, Tarlac, Bataan and Zambales to further sweeten the pot for the cruise tourism program of the Subic Bay Freeport and create inclusive growth in the region.
To sweeten the pot, Heritage Hospitality awarded a $10,000 check to the Friends of Children's Hospital and $2,500 to the Fondren Renaissance Foundation at a ground-breaking ceremony in late October of 2017.
To sweeten the pot, the CMS proposes to allow more flexibility for innovation and encouragement for patients to maintain their health.
For members of P@SHA and the sector it represents, the Cabinet's May 23 approval of Pakistan's first digital policy not only acknowledges the sector's potential and contribution to the economy, but also endeavours to sweeten the pot by providing necessary incentives to maintain the industry's growth momentum.
That disparity is likely to lead to scenarios in which employers in the Twin Cities try to sweeten the pot for prospective financial hires.
Sweeten the pot. If you have an existing location and the landlord is local, invite him to come visit you to see your operation.
'Is there anything else you guys can do to sweeten the pot?', that kind of deal.
Relevant content is beneficial in its own right, but sometimes tangible offers sweeten the pot.
Yes, other elements can stir up and sweeten the pot, but only if they're brief and to the point, and if they work.
But if ever a club needed to sweeten the pot for prospective punters, it's surely Coventry City.