What's the word for a small present to appease someone's anger?

I picked it up a couple of months ago from The Economist but can't remember it now. As far as I can recall it wasn't a multi-syllabic word.


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sop (ODOL)
noun (plural sops)

1 A thing of no great value given or done as a concession to appease someone whose main concerns or demands are not being met.
‘my agent telephones as a sop but never finds me work’


If you want something neutral, try peace offering:

a gift or service for the purpose of procuring peace or reconciliation

If you want pejorative, try bribe:

money or a gift that you give to someone so that they will do something for you, often something dishonest
Cambridge English Dictionary

  • Peace offering may not be what Op is after, but it is more practical. I've heard it a lot precisely in op's case.
    – haha
    Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 11:34

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