sop to Cerberus
Definition of sop to Cerberus
: 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 — more at cerberus
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