A sop to lawmakers who represent congressional districts consisting entirely of catfish ponds.
Liberals regard them as a sop to the wealthy, who receive the largest share of the benefits.
Taking it on now is strictly Obama's sop to liberals appalled by his spineless obsession with managing public perceptions.
Old English sopp- "bread soaked in some liquid," (in soppcuppe "cup into which sops are put"), from Proto-Germanic *supp-, related to Old English verb suppan (see sup (v.2)), probably reinforced by Old French soupe (see soup (n.)). Meaning "something given to appease" is from 1660s, a reference to the sops given by the Sibyl to Cerberus in the "Aeneid."
Old English soppian, from the source of sop (n.). Related: Sopped; sopping.
Wretched; accursed: I'm going to have a son-of-abitching press conference of my own (1970s+)
a morsel of bread (John 13:26; comp. Ruth 2:14). Our Lord took a piece of unleavened bread, and dipping it into the broth of bitter herbs at the Paschal meal, gave it to Judas. (Comp. Ruth 2:14.)