sweetheart deal

noun

plural sweetheart deals
chiefly US
: an unusually advantageous arrangement or agreement
If they wanted to leave, they could have done so before the stadium expansion and received a sweetheart deal from someplace else.Nick Canepa
especially : one that is obtained through personal or business connections or influence
His original 606,302 investment—most of it borrowed from a bank where he was once a director—netted him a fortune of $18.4 million, and accusations that he had benefited from a sweetheart deal. David Hume Kennerly
The company also used its clout to cut through the logjam of carrier requirements that had stifled innovation in the phone industry for years, essentially forcing AT&T into a sweetheart deal that put Apple in the driver's seat. Brian X. Chen

Examples of sweetheart deal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scottsdale house with gym, wine room, bar among priciest Arizona home sales Rents drop more than 7% in these Phoenix areas; Fountain Hills now the priciest Are private companies getting sweetheart deals on Arizona trust land? Christopher A. Combs, The Arizona Republic, 25 June 2024 But Republicans blasted the agreement as a sweetheart deal and Hunter Biden became a lightning rod for criticism of his father. Xerxes Wilson, USA TODAY, 11 June 2024 O’Malley saw it as an appealing location to build a baseball stadium, worked a sweetheart deal with the city and sweated out a referendum on the June 3, 1958, ballot that narrowly passed. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2024 Hunter’s lawyers have accused Weiss of caving to political pressure from Republicans who cast the initial plea agreement as a sweetheart deal for the president’s son. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 12 June 2024 His attorneys have argued that prosecutors bowed to pressure by Republicans, who claimed the Democratic president’s son was initially given a sweetheart deal, and that he was indicted because of political pressure. TIME, 14 May 2024 Fisher’s sweetheart deal with Sacramento, rather than have his rent increase dramatically in Oakland for the next three years, will have the players sharing a home with the River Cats and taking a step back in terms of facilities at Triple-A Sutter Health Park. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 12 Apr. 2024 Energy policy watchdog organizations, however, are concerned that the bill amounts to a sweetheart deal for utility and gas companies that will keep the state tethered to gas combustion. Ashley Miznazi, Miami Herald, 13 Feb. 2024 Critics accused the board majority of making a sweetheart deal to provide control of a district campus to a politically influential charter school. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sweetheart deal was in 1948

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“Sweetheart deal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweetheart%20deal. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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