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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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Receiving unsolicited gifts is corruption because it constitutes 'sweetening the pot,' a form of injecting creeping influence on a person in authority.
The partnership made the economics of the project much more compelling because Continental has so many other leases in areas that have much more oil than natural gas.<br />"So sweetening the pot made a lot of sense," Wangler said.
Sweetening the pot for the Argentine is the notion that Pacquiao is already on the decline.
30 percent, "but we feel like we're sweetening the pot with the additional revenue stream.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sought on Friday to bring his leftist Syriza party on board to approve a deal reached with international lenders, sweetening the pot by saying any above-target savings this year would go to the Greek people.
We will be keeping the survey as short and sweet as possible, and we are sweetening the pot with prize offerings for some lucky participants.
We'll keep the survey as short and sweet as possible, and we are sweetening the pot with prize offerings for some lucky participants.
In such a highly competitive market, though, more and more developers are sweetening the pot by offering an array of onsite amenities, which can include everything from fitness facilities and club rooms to swimming pools and concierge service.
Toronto, Canada, August 28, 2013 --(PR.com)-- As if getting in excellent shape for the fall wasn't incentive enough, one fitness website is sweetening the pot by giving away a high-value Amazon or Beachbody gift card as an extra bonus.
However, state officials are sweetening the pot for the AD option.
In addition, various entities are in pitched bidding wars to ally themselves with major franchises by sweetening the pot with dedicated cable channels, from the U.
If it's Barry Hills today, it was David Nicholls and Marco Botti yesterday and tomorrow it'll be Michael Dods and Roger Charlton, with a tour of the Cheveley Park Stud sweetening the pot along the way.
That was not only statistically inaccurate, but inappropriate, given that City are not averse to sweetening the pot with a million or two.
And India's plans to invest in KSA's telecom and IT sectors are sweetening the pot.