throw (someone) a bone

idiom

Definition of throw (someone) a bone

informal
: to offer (someone) something that is not very important or valuable especially to stop complaints or protests The boss would not let his workers out early for the holiday but threw them a bone by buying lunch.

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“Throw (someone) a bone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/throw%20%28someone%29%20a%20bone. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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