hush money

noun
a bribe to keep someone silent about something, especially to keep the receiver from exposing a scandal.

Origin:
1700–10

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

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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
It was essentially hush money, as in, shut up and do whatever role you're asked.
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