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sleeping partner

noun, British.
Origin of sleeping partner
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But you must understand that you will have a good deal more than a sleeping partner in me.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • As for “Co,” he was a sleeping partner, and an absolute nonentity.

    Freaks on the Fells R.M. Ballantyne
  • I'm one, sure enough; but I'm but a sleeping partner in the concern.

    Mary Barton

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • He was a sleeping partner in one of the most thriving of the Bath gambling-houses.

  • I'm in business with Luckworth Crewe,—sort of sleeping partner just now.'

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • A sleeping partner in swindling, he received his share of the profits, although his name did not appear in the firm.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • She was shielded because it was understood that she was a sort of sleeping partner—not an active member of the firm.

    The Sins of the Children Cosmo Hamilton
  • Poor Crassus found, however, that to be a sleeping partner in a concern was quite a dangerous position.

  • He is only as the sleeping partner; De Lara, with less reputation at stake, being the active and ostensible one.

  • I think it is a very foolish thing for any man to become a sleeping partner, because he may awake and find himself in the Gazette.

British Dictionary definitions for sleeping partner

sleeping partner

a partner in a business who does not play an active role, esp one who supplies capital Also silent partner
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