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hush money

noun
1.
a bribe to keep someone silent about something, especially to keep the receiver from exposing a scandal.
Origin of hush money
1700-1710
First recorded in 1700-10
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  • He thought his hush money might fairly be considered his own secret.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Genslinger, after pocketing the Governor's hush money, had "sold him out."

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • But it isn't a loan, or hush money, or anything of the sort;—just hope money.

    Sunlight Patch

    Credo Fitch Harris
  • They would call it, and perhaps rightly, hush money to his conscience.

    Lifted Masks Susan Glaspell
  • 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
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for hush money

hush money

noun
1.
(slang) money given to a person, such as an accomplice, to ensure that something is kept secret
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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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