- a bribe to keep someone silent about something, especially to keep the receiver from exposing a scandal.
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At such a moment then, called our ladies-legatees, clamorous for hush-money.Heart
Martin Farquhar Tupper
Nor will you ever be able to squeeze any hush-money from me again.
If you can't get hush-money out of its mother, you can bleed Fanny Bray.Cast Adrift
T. S. Arthur
How often it has succeeded, grabbed its hush-money and retreated, of course I don't know."Persons Unknown"
The "hush-money" extorted by Davila was therefore some $5,000.The Spanish Pioneers
Charles F. Lummis
- slang money given to a person, such as an accomplice, to ensure that something is kept secret
A bribe paid to keep something secret, as in No amount of hush money will keep that scandal from coming out. [c. 1700]