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graft, splice - A graft is one thing attached to another by insertion or implantation so it becomes part of it; a splice is the joining of two things end-to-end to make a new whole.
Graftof tree surgeons—Lipton, 1970.
feather one’s nest See EXPLOITATION.
line one’s pockets To profit, especially at the expense of others; to receive money or other favors through bribery, blackmail, or graft. This expression reputedly stems from the English tailor who, hoping to become the clothes designer for the famous fashion plate, Beau Brummel (1778-1840), sent him an ornate coat, the pockets of which were lined with money. Although Beau sent a letter of thanks and added that he especially admired the lining, it is not known whether the tailor received any more of his business.
a piece of the pie See ALLOCATION.
pork barrel Legislation providing federal funding for local projects designed to put congressmen in the good graces of their constituents. Thus, the pork barrel is, metaphorically speaking, the federal treasury viewed as a source of monies for “pet” local projects. The connection between this figurative, political sense of pork barrel and the literal keg is not clear, although it may derive from pork considered as fat, a slang term for excess wealth, riches. Use of this U.S. slang expression is restricted to politics and dates from the early part of this century.
The River and Harbor bill is the pork barrel par excellence, and the rivers and harbors are manipulated by Federal machinery and not by State machinery. (The New York Evening Post, May, 1916)
shoe one’s mule To embezzle; to misuse or steal money entrusted to one’s care and management. Some unscrupulous blacksmiths and grooms reputedly once engaged in the fraudulent practice of charging a horse (or mule) owner for shoeing the steed, and then either kept the money without performing the promised work, or used the money to buy shoes for their own animals.
He had the keeping and disposal of all the moneys, and yet shod not his mule at all. (Sorel’s Comical History of Francion, 1655)
A variation is shoe one’s horse.
Past participle: grafted
|Noun||1.||graft - (surgery) tissue or organ transplanted from a donor to a recipient; in some cases the patient can be both donor and recipient|
animal tissue - the tissue in the bodies of animals
autograft, autoplasty - tissue that is taken from one site and grafted to another site on the same person; "skin from his thigh replaced the burned skin on his arms"
allograft, homograft - tissue or organ transplanted from a donor of the same species but different genetic makeup; recipient's immune system must be suppressed to prevent rejection of the graft
heterograft, xenograft - tissue from an animal of one species used as a temporary graft (as in cases of severe burns) on an individual of another species
surgery - the branch of medical science that treats disease or injury by operative procedures; "he is professor of surgery at the Harvard Medical School"
|2.||graft - the practice of offering something (usually money) in order to gain an illicit advantage|
felony - a serious crime (such as murder or arson)
barratry - the crime of a judge whose judgment is influenced by bribery
commercial bribery - bribery of a purchasing agent in order to induce the agent to enter into a transaction
|3.||graft - the act of grafting something onto something else|
|Verb||1.||graft - cause to grow together parts from different plants; "graft the cherry tree branch onto the plum tree"|
|2.||graft - place the organ of a donor into the body of a recipient|