Cynics, of course, can argue that this is just a sop to Western sensibilities.
A sop to lawmakers who represent congressional districts consisting entirely of catfish ponds.
Taking it on now is strictly Obama's sop to liberals appalled by his spineless obsession with managing public perceptions.
Liberals regard them as a sop to the wealthy, who receive the largest share of the benefits.
She was the sop on this occasion thrown to the Grim One of the iron claws, for I would far rather have gone alone.
That was one sop to conscience when I remembered that she was a wife.
He then having received the sop went out straightway: and it was night.John xiii.
Judas that he was, he took her sop, and then sold her for thirty pieces of silver.
Time was when you all pulled the one way, and a sop to the Pope pleased you all.
The sop must not scorch, but the seasoning must be cooked through it.
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.
The way things are properly and usually done: The SOP here is that you ask the chairman first
[WWII armed forces; fr standard operating procedure]
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.)