He had the Somali's love of a rupee, and there was no danger or hardship that he would not undergo in the hope of backsheesh.
"You probably ask a pound for every year, and a backsheesh for the odd months," said the other.
I bought a few strings of beads, and for days, whenever I touched them, each one seemed to cry aloud: backsheesh!
In the evening I summoned the Yarkandi to receive 'backsheesh.'
I contented myself with giving him backsheesh, while my companion photographed him.
There is no precedent for one in office to withhold his hand from profit and backsheesh.
It was quite a different matter when it was backsheesh for sending Mahommed Selim to the Soudan.
On hearing this, the Pasha gave him a backsheesh (present) and told him to retire.
Add to this a whining and interminable appeal for backsheesh and you might be very near the mark indeed.
"backsheesh," he intimated, and jingled some coins in his pocket.