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throw (one) a bone

To attempt to appease or placate someone by giving them something trivial or of minor importance or by doing some small favor for them. (A reference to giving a dog a bone or scrap from a bigger portion of food.) My younger brother is always pleading for me to help out his career, so I threw him a bone and got him a small gig.
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throw somebody a ˈbone

give somebody a small part of what they want as a way of showing that you want to help or because you feel sympathy for them: The government threw a bone to environmentalists by acknowledging the need for cleaner energy. (American English, informal) Throw me a bone here! (= give me a little help)
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throw (someone) a bone

To provide (someone) with a usually small part of what has been requested, especially in an attempt to placate or mollify.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Throw me a bone!

Help! College students used this phrase to ask classmates for assistance in studying for an exam or as a request for the answers.
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Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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