silent-partner

silent partner

noun
a partner taking no active part in the conduct of a business.
Compare secret partner.


Origin:
1820–30, Americanism

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silent partner
 
n
(US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): sleeping partner a partner in a business who does not play an active role, esp one who supplies capital

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