hush money


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hush money

Fig. money paid as a bribe to persuade someone to remain silent and not reveal certain information. Bob gave his younger sister hush money so that she wouldn't tell Jane that he had gone to the movies with Sue. The crooks paid Fred hush money to keep their whereabouts secret.
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hush money

money that you pay someone to stop them telling anyone else about something that you want to keep secret His assistant had been paid hush money to stop him from speaking to the press.
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hush money

A bribe paid to keep something secret, as in No amount of hush money will keep that scandal from coming out. [c. 1700]
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hush money

n. money paid to buy someone’s silence. There was some hush money paid to someone in city hall.
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Caddy also claims he testified in the first month of the case about attempts to provide hush money to his clients--testimony that was, he says, deliberately deleted from court records in order to hide the connections between the burglars and the president's men.
Barry Hills struck in the claimer with Hush Money and the Lambourn trainer cannot remember having a winner at the Cumbrian venue before.
But his greatest danger is said to come from the possible payment of hush money to Webster Hubbell.
I would be very upset if money that I gave to the church was used as hush money to keep a sex offender from being punished.
The problem is we do understand: Many corporations are paying hush money to their most vocal critics.
The PSE refused this demand for hush money, and will not be a party to any attempt at extortion.
The 42-year-old Savattere, who was allegedly paid hush money to keep the affair and baby under wraps, was seen in London trying to dodge media attention after she was outed for having an affair with Marino late last month, the New York Post (http://www.
Floyd Landis, one of Armstrong's former teammates, testified to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that the American's donation was hush money from Armstrong to cover up a failed dope test at the 2001 Tour of Switzerland.
Anon AFTER yet another tiresome dig at Tony Blair by George Galloway, I turned the page to read the Lockerbie hush money story.
Bishop Egon Kapellari said: "We rejected as immoral the suggestion that the Church should pay hush money.
Well, Network Change Team, it certainly doesn't feel like the People's Post Office, with your sham of a consultation exercise, forcing postmasters and postmistresses to sign hush money agreements and your stick the pin in the map to close a branch attitude
The sweetheart deal looks a lot like hush money - taxpayer cash in exchange for Keller's silence.
Schoolchildren have set a record by raising more than pounds 22,000 in hush money for Macmillan Cancer Relief.
His comments came after reports that the Roman Catholic Church secretly paid thousands of pounds of hush money across the country.