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silent partner

noun
1.
a partner taking no active part in the conduct of a business.
Compare secret partner.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for silent-partner

silent partner

noun
1.
(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
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