sweetheart deal

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sweetheart deal (plural sweetheart deals)

  1. (idiomatic, business) A transaction, contract, or other agreement in which one party provides particularly favorable terms to the other, especially in suspicious circumstances.
    • 1986, Ronald Sullivan, "Counsel Upholds Lease in Dispute on East Side," New York Times, 18 May (retrieved 22 Oct. 2008):
      Steven Matthews, described the lease last week as "a sweetheart deal that gives too much away for what the city gets in return."