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hush money

n. Informal
A bribe paid to keep something secret.

hush money

n
slang money given to a person, such as an accomplice, to ensure that something is kept secret

hush′ mon`ey


n.
a bribe to keep someone from revealing scandalous or damaging information.
[1700–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hush money - a bribe paid to someone to insure that something is kept secret
bribe, payoff - payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment
Translations

hush money

nSchweigegeld nt

hush money

n to pay sb hush money (fam) → comprare il silenzio di qn
References in classic literature ?
To allow Ada to be made a bribe and hush-money of is not the way to bring it out.
Rendered into intelligible English, this resolution pledged him to hold no communication with Sir Patrick--until he had first tested his success in negotiating with other persons, who might be equally interested in getting possession of the correspondence, and more liberal in giving hush-money to the thief who had stolen it.
Bittman, who would eventually confess to handling hush-money bribes given to the break-in suspects from sources tied to Nixon's reelection campaign.