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silent partner

a partner taking no active part in the conduct of a business.
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Origin of silent partner
1820-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • No longer are stockings the silent partner in business attire.
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silent partner

(US & Canadian) a partner in a business who does not play an active role, esp one who supplies capital Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) sleeping partner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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