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sleeping partner

noun, British.
Origin of sleeping partner
1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Instead, she had cast about among cousins and so forth until she had found one who knew the sleeping-partner of the firm.

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
  • I am quite content to be a sleeping-partner in the house of Dunbar, Dunbar, and Balderby.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for sleeping-partner

sleeping partner

a partner in a business who does not play an active role, esp one who supplies capital Also silent partner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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