hush money


noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for hush money

hush money


noun

slang money given to a person, such as an accomplice, to ensure that something is kept secret
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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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