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silent partner

noun
1.
a partner taking no active part in the conduct of a business.
Compare secret partner.
Origin of silent partner
1820-1830
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30
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  • Now he had permitted himself to become a silent partner in such a compromise.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • That would be to make herself an accomplice, a silent partner of Zada's.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Littleham, usually the silent partner, asserted himself then.

    Jacob's Ladder

    E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The United States plainly was not to be a silent partner in the war.

  • Be the silent partner at home and the thinking one at the office.

    Old Gorgon Graham George Horace Lorimer
  • He was an abstracted and silent partner, and in the intervals of dancing he studied his cuff.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • Well, it's General Chetwood's, the founder of this concern, the silent partner.

    Parrot & Co.

    Harold MacGrath
  • The silent partner wasted no time in fruitless search of my person.

    Raw Gold Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for silent partner

silent partner

noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a partner in a business who does not play an active role, esp one who supplies capital Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) sleeping partner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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