One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
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