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hush money

a bribe to keep someone silent about something, especially to keep the receiver from exposing a scandal.
Origin of hush money
1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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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.

  • To allow Ada to be made a bribe and hush-money of is not the way to bring it out.

    Bleak House Charles Dickens
  • If you can't get hush-money out of its mother, you can bleed Fanny Bray.

    Cast Adrift T. S. Arthur
  • He evidently has no suspicion, or he would have come to us for hush-money long ago.

  • The "hush-money" extorted by Davila was therefore some $5,000.

    The Spanish Pioneers Charles F. Lummis
  • She knew as well as her visitor how awkward it would be; and the hush-money she paid was heavy that day.

  • Finally, it was agreed that Alice should give the rogue a cow as hush-money, and with the cow Mr. Anneys departed.

    The Coming of the Friars Augustus Jessopp
  • How often it has succeeded, grabbed its hush-money and retreated, of course I don't know.

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • Personally, I believe he paid certain persons whose wives were "disciples" hush-money.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for hush-money

hush money

(slang) money given to a person, such as an accomplice, to ensure that something is kept secret
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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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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