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blood money

noun
1.
a fee paid to a hired murderer.
2.
compensation paid to the next of kin of a slain person.
3.
money obtained ruthlessly and at a cost of suffering to others.
4.
money paid to an informer in order to cause somebody to be arrested, convicted, or especially executed.
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  • He has taken money from those men at Scheveningen—blood money.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • It was blood money bought him but I've got to take him back.

    Frank of Freedom Hill Samuel A. Derieux
  • I need it, sir, true; but not blood money, for I could not look upon it in any other way.

    Wizard Will Prentiss Ingraham
  • That gun was not included in the blood money and was not to be returned.

    The City of Fire Grace Livingston Hill
  • Its like blood money to melike blood itself; a drop for every penny.

British Dictionary definitions for blood money

blood money

noun
1.
compensation paid to the relatives of a murdered person
2.
money paid to a hired murderer
3.
a reward for information about a criminal, esp a murderer
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