sweetheart deal

plural sweetheart deals

Definition of sweetheart deal

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

First Known Use of sweetheart deal

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sweetheart deal was in 1948

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29 Sep 2021

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“Sweetheart deal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweetheart%20deal. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sweetheart deal

: an unusually good arrangement or agreement that helps someone who has a lot of influence or who knows someone important


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