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sweetheart agreement

 and sweetheart deal
a private agreement reached between a public agency or government official and a private company that includes illicit payments or special favors. They found that the mayor was involved in a number of sweetheart agreements. Most of the building contractors in town would be out of business if they didn't have sweetheart deals with the local politicians.

sweetheart deal

n. a deal made between friends so that both may profit well. (Such deals usually involve illegal or unethical practices.) Most of the general contractors in town would be out of business if they didn’t offer “sweetheart deals” to the politicians.
See also: deal, sweetheart
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You know, all good things have to come to an end, so we're all just growing up and moving on with our lives," Sammi Sweetheart added.
The exciting contrast fabric for the Sweetheart Color Rave Scrub Top features a customizable pocket lining and slimming front and back side panels.
Dame Vera said she had no tips for Katherine on being a forces sweetheart, but hoped she had as much enjoyment from the experience as she had and appreciated what it meant to the troops.
Sweetheart is to begin production by mid-2003, and expects sales to reach $500 million a year by 2007.
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InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (LSE: IHG), a UK-based owner, manager and franchisor of hotels and resorts, has announced a Sweetheart Deal for couples getting married.
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JOSEPH SCHMIDT CONFECTIONS MINI MOSAICS: Wow your sweetheart or make an impression with a small collectible batik heart box with lovely hand-painted red and green flower designs from San Francisco chocolatier Joseph Schmidt.
TWO members of the Satanic cult known as The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse murder an ex-con and his sweetheart in order to invoke an ancient ritual.
Appropriately enough, the variety was called Sweetheart.
The kit comes complete with scented massage oil, tea light candles and rose petals, everything you need to show your sweetheart you care.
When he was discharged in 1946 at age 22, he was anxious to return home to his sweetheart - so thrilled to be back, he simply forgot to collect his medals honoring his service in the 35th Mobile Reclamation and Repair Squadron.
America's Sweetheart is Courtney's first solo album and is the first recorded material from the much-talked about musician since Hole's 1998 Celebrity Skin album.
SWEETHEART: This deliciously feminine range, created in layered contrast mesh set in black sweetheart has a cheeky pink base with pink ribbon ties for that sexylook.