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The origin of A sop to Cerberus?

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The expression "a sop to Cerberus" means paying an insignificant price in exchange for averting much discomfort.

This is derived from Greek Mythology.

Cerberus was the three headed dog who guarded the entrance to Tartarus, the Greek Underworld (also sometimes known as Hades). The feeding of cake to the monster allowed the dead to pass into the Underworld, therefore the expression.

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