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hush money

noun
1.
a bribe to keep someone silent about something, especially to keep the receiver from exposing a scandal.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10
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  • It was essentially hush money, as in, shut up and do whatever role you're asked.
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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Slang definitions & phrases for hush money

hush money

noun phrase

Money paid to ensure silence: You can't give ''hush money'' to someone who's already talked (1709+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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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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