hush money


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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 ?
There was said to be two thousand dollars a week hush money from the tubercular steers alone; and as much again from the hogs which had died of cholera on the trains, and which you might see any day being loaded into boxcars and hauled away to a place called Globe, in Indiana, where they made a fancy grade of lard.
The captain raked in the hush money heavily for ten years, until even the prince's splendid fortune began to look a little foolish.
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JOHN O'SHEA has insisted that he isn't interested in FIFA's hush money.
In total she received PS4,200 in hush money from the man.
If a patient has a Namrata-like problem, their recourse is: ignore it, give hush money, deny it or buckpass to various departments in the hope the family will get exhausted.
Mr Mohammed said the market official, spooked after being summoned for questioning by the Interior Ministry's anti-corruption, economic and electronic security directorate, had since tried to offer the family BD500 in hush money.
Valon Saraqini, Economy Minister, took hush money for granting concessions while Minister of Local Self-Government Tahir Hani gave his niece a monthly salary of 850 euro although she never worked a day in the ministry.
The case centres on a payment Ecclestone made to a German banker eight years ago, and the question is whether it was a bribe or -- as the defence claims -- hush money after a blackmail attempt.
Dongguan city authorities have claimed there was no proof of Ji being beaten, but according to media reports he was paid 100,000 yuan (about $16,000) in hush money.
The criminal complaint leading to Paculis' arrest indicated he had sent an email to Deen's attorney, Greg Hodges, on June 24 saying he would go public with the "damning" statements unless Deen paid him hush money.
Wade Robson, 30, suing the King of Pop's estate, has asked his legal team to get hold of the files on the hush money Jackson paid boys.