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every man has his price

proverb Enough money can sway anyone to do anything. The phrase is not only used to apply to men. Don't be discouraged—every man has his price, so we'll get him to help us eventually.
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Every man has his price.

Prov. It is possible to bribe anyone as long as you know how much or what to bribe him or her with. Henchman: I've offered the judge half a million dollars to give you a light sentence, but he says he can't be bought. Gangster: Keep trying. Every man has his price. Every man has his price, and the townsfolk were shocked to discover just how low their mayor's price had been.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

every man has his price

Any person can be bribed in some way, as in They had trouble persuading her to join, but when they offered her a car-well, every man has his price . This cynical observation was first recorded in 1734 but may be much older, and it applies to either sex.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

every man has his ˈprice


everyone has their ˈprice

(saying) everyone can be persuaded to do something against their moral principles if you offer them enough money
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every man/everyone has his price

No one is immune to bribery or corruption. This expression has been traced to a speech given by Sir Robert Walpole in 1734, as reported in William Coxe’s Memoirs of the British statesman (1798). Walpole was castigating corrupt members of Parliament, whom he called pretended patriots and said, “All those men have their price.” However, another source printed in 1734 refers to the same expression as “an old maxim.” Whatever the ultimate origin, this cynical view of politicians has survived and has long been applied to anyone, male or female, whose influence or loyalty could be bought.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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