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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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