hush money

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noun
  1. a bribe to keep someone silent about something, especially to keep the receiver from exposing a scandal.

Origin of hush money

1
First recorded in 1700–10

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How to use hush money in a sentence

  • The employee described it as a kind of hush money, making staffers disinclined to question dubious company practices.

  • He evidently has no suspicion, or he would have come to us for hush-money long ago.

  • At such a moment then, called our ladies-legatees, clamorous for hush-money.

    Heart | Martin Farquhar Tupper
  • His father looked at him with a countenance full of disgust, and answered grimly: "Oh, it's hush-money you're after, is it?"

  • Said he was afraid it would lead him to accept ‘dirty money’—you know, hush money—from real wrongdoers.

    Whispers at Dawn | Roy J. Snell
  • Will the bell-boy who works for tips grow up to be a policeman who accepts hush-money from the corner saloon-keeper?

    The Itching Palm | William R Scott

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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Other 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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