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blood money

a fee paid to a hired murderer.
compensation paid to the next of kin of a slain person.
money obtained ruthlessly and at a cost of suffering to others.
money paid to an informer in order to cause somebody to be arrested, convicted, or especially executed. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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

compensation paid to the relatives of a murdered person
money paid to a hired murderer
a reward for information about a criminal, esp a murderer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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