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the nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat

The last parts of something are the most enjoyable. Some of my terminally ill patients have said that they enjoy life more once they know that death is imminent. The nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat, I guess.
See also: meat, nearer, sweeter

*sweet as honey

 and sweeter than honey; sweet as sugar
very sweet; charming. (*Also: as ~.) Larry's words were sweeter than honey as he tried to convince Alice to forgive him. Jill: Is Mary Ann nice? Jane: Yes, indeed. She's as sweet as honey. Your little girl is darling! Just as sweet as sugar.
See also: honey, sweet
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The Grocer said sweeter booze could add to the obesity crisis but added: "Alcohol is more calorific than sugar.
British Summer Fruits, the industry body that represents 98% of berries in supermarkets, reports that not only will it be an earlier and larger crop of British strawberries but consumers can also expect the berries to taste sweeter and juicier than normal.
The tests found that drinks were rated significantly sweeter overall when participants were listening to music alone.
Although there is no objective way of quantifying sweetness, anecdotal evidence as well as consumer tests and brand research suggest consumers are favouring sweeter Cheddars over more traditional flavour profiles these days.
DAVID HAYE is "enjoying" his role as the underdog in Saturday's heavyweight super-fight against Wladimir Klitschko because he believes victory will be all the sweeter as a result.
The company said the heatwave had brought the season forward by about two weeks and that the current crop is much sweeter and juicier than normal thanks to the increased sugar levels.
The new sweetener product is said to be sweeter than cane sugar.
The product of an exclusive seed from Europe, Stramato is a distinctive, bite-sized strawberry-shaped tomato that is sweeter than traditional grape and cherry tomatoes.
There's nothing sweeter on a warm afternoon than listening to the smack of leather on willow.
Rhine wine--or more precisely Riesling--grown near the rivers in southwestern Germany, can be a bit sweeter than a Chardonnay, but it is also spicy and complex, nothing like the saccharin Liebfraumilch that sat sweltering away in 1970s picnic baskets.
But Wayne Horvitz is willing to go halfway when he talks about his quartet, Sweeter Than the Day.
Heather Wilder, 13, wrote a series of books for kids going through the struggles she faced as a foster child, scoring her first prize in Dum Dum Pops' Make Life A Little Sweeter contest.
She moves toward him deliberate as prayer, but even/as our distance grows, I see she can barely//hold back, that only the crowd, this mass of bodies/and nerves keeps her from dropping her bag,//her cumbersome shoes, from running full tilt into those/arms she moans about, tossing like witchcraft,//her own arms wild open to embrace, this moment/of all things possible, this sweeter than any end.
The journey only became sweeter Saturday when the fourth-seeded Brahmas eliminated rival Citrus to punch their ticket for a third straight year.
HFCS is not sweeter than sugar, nor does it impact the body's calorie control mechanisms.