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boodle

[bood-l]Slang.
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noun
  1. the lot, pack, or crowd: Send the whole boodle back to the factory.
  2. a large quantity of something, especially money: He's worth a boodle.
  3. a bribe or other illicit payment, especially to or from a politician; graft.
  4. stolen goods; loot; booty; swag.
verb (used without object), boo·dled, boo·dling.
  1. to obtain money dishonestly, as by bribery or swindling.
Idioms
  1. kit and boodle. kit1(def 10).

Origin of boodle

1615–25, Americanism; < Dutch boedel property
Related formsboo·dler, noun
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Examples from the Web for boodle

Historical Examples

  • Well, I've reason to think the Mayor was in on it—and Burke—for no end of boodle.

    A Woman for Mayor

    Helen M. Winslow

  • The measure of a man is his brain and not his birth or his boodle.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter

  • In business the aristocracy of birth or the aristocracy of boodle is a decided handicap.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter

  • Mankind is prone to look at the brighter stars of birth and boodle.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter

  • The aristocracy of boodle is the slimmest aristocracy of all.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter


British Dictionary definitions for boodle

boodle

noun
  1. money or valuables, esp when stolen, counterfeit, or used as a bribe
  2. mainly US another word for caboodle
verb
  1. to give or receive money corruptly or illegally

Word Origin

C19: from Dutch boedel all one's possessions, from Old Frisian bōdel movable goods, inheritance; see caboodle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for boodle

n.

1833, "crowd;" 1858, "phony money," especially "graft money," actual or potential (1883), both American English slang, either or both based on bundle, or from Dutch boedel "property."

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