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blood money

a fee paid to a hired murderer.
compensation paid to the next of kin of a slain person.
money obtained ruthlessly and at a cost of suffering to others.
money paid to an informer in order to cause somebody to be arrested, convicted, or especially executed. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "blood money ain't all we gets," lisped Sam, allowing a cruel smile to cross his face.

    With Wellington in Spain F. S. Brereton
  • He has taken money from those men at Scheveningen—blood money.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • He knew, and she knew what fate lay in store for the girl, and she besought him with tears not to take the blood money.

    Joan of Arc Lucy Foster Madison
  • I need it, sir, true; but not blood money, for I could not look upon it in any other way.

    Wizard Will Prentiss Ingraham
  • And what was this thing she was saying about his having to give back the blood money?

British Dictionary definitions for blood money

blood money

compensation paid to the relatives of a murdered person
money paid to a hired murderer
a reward for information about a criminal, esp a murderer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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