sop to Cerberus

sop to Cer·​be·​rus | \ -ˈsərb(ə)rəs \

Definition of sop to Cerberus

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

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History and Etymology for 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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“Sop to Cerberus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sop%20to%20Cerberus. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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