conscience money


noun

money paid, often anonymously, to relieve one's conscience, as for an obligation previously evaded or a wrong done.

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Origin of conscience money

First recorded in 1840–50
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conscience money

noun

money paid voluntarily to compensate for dishonesty, esp money paid voluntarily for taxes formerly evaded
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