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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. 2018.
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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

(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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