Two charges of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office (bribing officials) ranging from 2004 to 2012.
In the late 1980s several generic-drug companies were caught fabricating data and bribing FDA officials to gain approval.
His usual trick: bribing the night watchman to let him into the bank.
The attorney scoffs at the idea that Gristina avoided arrest for so many years by bribing the police.
He said that Mr. Bangs put him up to bribing Marietta to pretend getting the message ordering father to sell his stock.
Now she was alternately wheedling, cursing, coaxing, bribing; all to no purpose.
There is no chance of hocussing a horse, or laming him, or bribing a stable boy, or squaring a jockey.
The idea of bribing her with an emerald pendant shocked him profoundly.
But you don't see the sense of bribing poor people into sham piety with blankets.
I knew that I had done wrong in bribing a servant, but I was not a bit sorry for it.
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.