bromide job
   a superficial excuse or explanation
   Bromide, either as sodium bromide or potassium bromide, is given medicinally as a sedative and, by popular myth, to soldiers in their tea to reduce their libido:
    It's only a bromide job, of course; it's not sharp-end work. (Seymour, 1995)

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