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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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sugar/sweeten the ˈpill

make something unpleasant seem less unpleasant: He tried to sweeten the pill by telling her she’d only be in hospital a few days.
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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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Because of the said imposition of sweet tax, manufacturers, owners or importers of sweetened beverages will have the burden of paying the corresponding sweet tax.
Of these 38 per cent were sugar sweetened beverages.
Our findings suggest that artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy are not likely to be any better at reducing the risk for later childhood obesity than sugar-sweetened beverages," says senior author Cuilin Zhang of the Epidemiology Branch at NIH's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
USA], Sep 11 ( ANI ): A recent study has found the key factor in increased intake of sugar sweetened beverages in countries.
On the other hand, senators believed that the package, as crafted by the economic team, would burden the poor more than the rich-particularly the higher taxes on fuel and sweetened drinks.
One hot trend in the state and local tax arena is the enactment of special excise taxes on soda and other sweetened beverages.
Drinking at least one artificially sweetened beverage daily was associated with almost three times the risk of developing stroke or dementia compared to those who drank artificially sweetened beverages less than once a week, according to the research.
They were ranked into four categories: non-drinkers; occasional drinkers (sugar-sweetened beverages once a month or less than once a week); frequent drinkers (once a week or less than once a day); and those who drank at least one sugar sweetened beverage daily.
Worldwide, they estimate that sweetened drinks cause 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 45,000 from heart disease and 6,450 from cancers.
About half got drinks that were sweetened with sucrose (table sugar), while half got drinks sweetened with aspartame.
The Sweetened Iced Coffee K-Cup Packs offer iced coffee options reminiscent of Starbucks in-store iced drinks.
Starbucks Sweetened Iced Coffee K-Cup Packs are available in Sweetened and Vanilla Sweetened varieties.
A study has found a strong link between sweetened beverage consumption (including energy drinks) and hyperactivity or inattention in school-aged children.
This study investigated the impact of alcohol mixed with artificially sweetened or carbohydrate containing beverages on breath alcohol concentration s (BrAC) under various levels of hydration status.
A review published in The American Journal of Cardiology reveals that there is a strong correlation between drinking sugar- sweetened drinks and elevated blood pressure.