Definition of sop noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

sop

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//sɒp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sɑːp//
 
 
jump to other results
[usually singular] sop (to somebody/something) a small, not very important, thing that is offered to somebody who is angry or disappointed in order to make them feel better The move was seen as another sop to the moderates in the party. Word Origin Old English soppian ‘dip (bread) in liquid’, sopp (noun), probably from the base of Old English sūpan ‘sup’. The current sense (mid 17th cent.) alludes to the sop used by Aeneas on his visit to Hades to appease Cerberus in Greek mythology.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sop