sweeten (up) the pot

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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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"I want to say if Warren Buffet hadn't entered into the fray or hadn't partnered with Occidental on this, I think it's very possible Chevron would have come back with another stock offer and possible sweetened the pot and possible matched or exceeded Occidental's offer," Dollarhide said.
On Wednesday, President Duterte sweetened the pot by offering P20 million more to the P30-million reward in the hunt for the killers of Batocabe.
One Gro has sweetened the pot by promising to contribute at least $105,000 a year to the city even if marijuana sales do not generate that much in taxes.
An unbeaten 26 from Matt Purdy sweetened the pot against some well-sustained bowling from Tim Keyte (12-1-34-3) and co.
If a fresh start in a new city, a talented young roster and an annual salary of (https://www.boston.com/sports/boston-celtics/2016/06/01/examining-kevin-durants-free-agency-options) some $28 million aren't enough to lure NBA superstar Kevin Durant to the Boston Celtics this summer, one beantown-based company has sweetened the pot. The ride-hailing app (https://fasten.com/) Fasten  - think Uber and Lyft - has offered the free-agent-to-be free rides for life should he leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Celtics. 
We recently just sweetened the pot for women users by adding not just one but two moisturizers into our Femme variant.
Nexenta sweetened the pot by offering me an opportunity to "be added to the VIP Photo Line with Hillary Clinton and receive a complimentary signed copy of her book.''
Smith continued, "We also sweetened the pot by offering gift subscriptions at a discounted rate." Available for periods of three, six and twelve months, priced at $24, $54, and $96 respectively.
The Dalles, Ore.--The star investors on ABC's reality series "Shark Tank" sweetened the pot, but not enough to buy into Copa di Vino, James Martin's innovative, ready-to-drink (RTD) wine package.
MHIA has sweetened the pot a little this year for those organizations that may be taking a closer look at robotic solutions inside their four walls.
And, we sweetened the pot with a stunning Tichbourne Riverboat Gambler bowie knife and, knowing you'll have success afield with the Kimber/Redfield combo, a Benchmade Bone Collector to aid in skinning your game.
This no longer offers as much profit as it did during the decade of the infamous Clinton Gun Ban, where the grandfathered 15-round magazines sweetened the pot and made a 9mm or .40 with three full-capacity magazines much more desirable to customers from the private sector.
For instance, Northeast Obstetrics' Yoder sweetened the pot for the practice's 52 employees by contributing $600 to each HSA.
"When it became obvious that the police weren't going to let Harry go unless we sweetened the pot, we coughed up a few grand and reported it as an unusual expense," says Zapatista CFO Ray "Chick" Burkett.
For Colorado residents who invest in CollegeInvest, state lawmakers have sweetened the pot even more.