throw (someone) a bone


: 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.

Examples of throw (someone) a bone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Suspending her was just a way to throw a bone to his supporters and get more media attention. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 9 Aug. 2023 Typically, Democratic bills that help working people throw a bone to corporate America. Faiz Shakir, The New Republic, 27 Sep. 2021 If this movie is about heavenly reward for men who were deprived of their big-league dreams, why didn’t the script writer throw a bone to Black players? J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Aug. 2021 But this’ll throw a bone to those fans who go ga-ga every time the old uniforms come out. Dave Hyde,, 20 Feb. 2021

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“Throw (someone) a bone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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