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hush money

a bribe to keep someone silent about something, especially to keep the receiver from exposing a scandal.
Origin of hush money
First recorded in 1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And that's why he wanted to kill off his Peruvians—they knew too much; probably were trying to bleed him for hush money.

    The Pathless Trail Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
  • But it is notorious that peculations, hush money, and bribes from privates often swell his income to ten times that amount.

    A Little Garrison Fritz von der Kyrburg
  • He gave her husband six maunds of rupees as hush money, so the cheat burnt the corpse and returned home laden with spoil.

    Santal Folk Tales A. Campbell
  • You want to give me hush money to swallow down an unrightness that burns my flesh?

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • hush money varies according to the magnitude of the concern, from 250 to 1000 per annum.

  • Said he was afraid it would lead him to accept ‘dirty money’—you know, hush money—from real wrongdoers.

    Whispers at Dawn Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for hush money

hush money

(slang) money given to a person, such as an accomplice, to ensure that something is kept secret
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for hush money

hush money

noun phrase

Money paid to ensure silence: You can't give ''hush money'' to someone who's already talked (1709+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with hush money

hush money

A bribe paid to keep something secret, as in No amount of hush money will keep that scandal from coming out. [ c. 1700 ]
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