sop to Cerberus

sop to Cer·be·rus \-ˈsərb(ə)rəs\

Definition of sop to Cerberus

  1. :  a concession or bribe to conciliate a person otherwise liable to be troublesome

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Origin and Etymology of sop to cerberus

after Cerberus, 3-headed dog guarding the entrance to Hades; from the sop given him by Aeneas in Vergil's Aeneid (6,417) to engage his attention while Aeneas slipped by


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