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1British A sweet.
- ‘More than 2,000 last week responded to a question sent out on a round-robin e-mail asking ‘Is a Kit Kat a biscuit or a sweetie?’’
- ‘Sometimes, only a bag of sweeties can ease the pain, eh?’
- ‘For some reason the Border towns (in Scotland the term ‘border’ refers to the region north of the border with England) showed particular prowess in making sweeties.’
- ‘Send her to the doorstep with the sweeties on Hallowe'en and she'll scare the bejaysus out of the kiddies.’
- ‘Another plea for technical help, with sweeties after for anyone who helps me.’
- ‘Cosmic chocolate cake, cookies and sweeties definitely kept the children's energy levels up for the remainder of the day.’
- ‘After that, it was hard to keep the lid on the sweeties.’
- ‘A hamper of goodies is delivered to your room, crammed with enough sugary treats to stock a tuck-shop: popcorn, chocolate and sweeties.’
- ‘I give away stickers and sweeties and poppers (bubble wrap) to the kids.’
- ‘But you'll never catch me at the local cinema - I can't stand it when people put their feet on your chair or munch bags of sweeties in your earhole.’
- ‘It's like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: as many sweeties as you like and you don't have to pay for any of them.’
- ‘The sweeties that came with coffee (little chocolatey, chewy nutty things) were accomplished.’
- ‘She bought a few essentials and some sweeties for the children.’
- ‘The Girls' Night In package fills you full of chocolate, sweeties, popcorn and ice-cream, but if you fancy a meal it is well worth ordering from the room-service menu.’
- ‘Love is a game, with rules and penalties, not a gift-wrapped box of sweeties, guaranteed to last until the sun goes down behind the mountaintops.’
- ‘We bought our usual drink, packet of sweeties, and bag of popcorn to share.’
- ‘Disgusted, frustrated and utterly deluded about what's going on here, we run for the comforting embrace of sweeties and calorie-laden treats.’
2Used as a term of endearment.
darling, sweetheart, dearest, dearView synonyms
- ‘And if your kid acts up at home, you don't pull him aside and say ‘let's talk about your feelings, sweetie.’’
- ‘I don't think my sweetie and I can afford to move out of the country, so… I just don't know.’
- ‘She's such a sweetie… makes me want to get on Eurostar and personally help her with her finishing.’
- ‘At the end of the day, the general consensus is that I'm a sweetie.’
- ‘It's rather good, and leaves you wondering whether Bob is really just a sweetie, albeit one you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley.’
- ‘Now I must go and put the beautiful flowers that have just arrived from him in water, isn't he a sweetie hey?’
- ‘Don't put so many ridiculous demands on yourself, sweetie.’
- ‘Win a collection of great CDs from Universal Music and a box of Guylian chocolates for your sweetie.’
- ‘The Department of Health are sweeties; they have compiled a website of drinking woes suffered by teens and pre-teens.’
- ‘Put your head on my lap, sweetie, she would say, and stroke my hair until she fell asleep, bone tired from the drive, from hours in the spangled woods.’
- ‘Finally, a black lady stopped me by saying ‘Are you alright, sweetie?’’
- ‘He answered it with a hearty, ‘Hello, sweetie!’’
- ‘Josh, being the sweetie he is, went all out and fixed chocolate chip pancakes, my favorite.’
- ‘It's okay, sweetie-pie, calm down for mommy, please.’
- ‘You're a sweetie, and I appreciate it sooo much.’
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