Suppose a congressional aide overhears a phone call in which a senator takes a bribe.
It may not be legally or technically, but morally, he accepted a bribe.
The very next day, Walmart de Mexico authorized five bribes totaling $221,000, including a $52,000 bribe for the Bodega Aurrera.
Two counts of conspiracy to bribe public officials from 2002-2005.
That sum includes a very recent addition of $4.1 billion, which the White House hoped would seal their bribe.
Whereupon he stopped and looking at me sharply asked if I knew how to bribe.
What special, private reason have you got for wanting to bribe me?
Now, it seems, you are willing to bribe the only dangerous witness.
Geoffrey argued with him, attempted to bribe him, finally swore at him.
So take my advice, and bribe Sheikhs and chiefs to any extent.
late 14c., "thing stolen," from Old French bribe "bit, piece, hunk; morsel of bread given to beggars" (14c., cf. Old French bribeor "vagrant, beggar"), from briber, brimber "to beg," a general Romanic word (Gamillscheg marks it as Rotwelsch, i.e. "thieves' jargon"), of uncertain origin; old sources suggest Celtic (cf. Breton breva "to break"). Shift of meaning to "gift given to influence corruptly" is by mid-15c.
late 14c., "pilfer, steal," also "practice extortion," from Old French briber "go begging," from bribe (see bribe (n.)). Related: Bribed; bribing.