Definition of throw a bone to in US English:

throw a bone to


  • Give someone only a token concession.

    ‘was the true purpose of the minimum wage hike to throw a bone to the unions?’
    • ‘Why not target middle incomes and throw a bone to low incomes with an occasional promotion?’
    • ‘And I believe that his policies sometimes reflect a political need to throw a bone to that constituency to keep them happy.’
    • ‘What you see here is a case where the campaign felt they could throw a bone to the conservatives.’
    • ‘I would like to point out, if you read the next paragraph in the judge's finding, he seemed to throw a bone to each side.’
    • ‘The company has decided to throw viewers a few bones by tacking on a couple of extra features to this disc.’
    • ‘Finally, Lady Luck threw him a bone.’
    • ‘So I still think it's worthwhile to throw a bone to the staid investment class.’
    • ‘Sometimes it's nice when life throws you a bone.’
    • ‘The new regime has thrown him a bone of sorts: convenorship of the health committee.’
    • ‘I bet this was already obsolete in design and technology some years back, and they wanted to throw a bone to the public.’