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conscience money

noun
1.
money paid, often anonymously, to relieve one's conscience, as for an obligation previously evaded or a wrong done.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50
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conscience money

noun
1.
money paid voluntarily to compensate for dishonesty, esp money paid voluntarily for taxes formerly evaded
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