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conscience money

Money paid to another in an attempt to alleviate the payer's guilty conscience. I felt so badly about breaking my mom's lamp that I eventually gave her conscience money, in the hopes that it would make me feel better.
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You have no legal right to severance unless you have an employment contract, but severance pay is conscience money. You benefit and their guilt is absolved.
William Hill's contribution to the prize-money is much appreciated, but it is only a proportion of the total stakes (has Mrs Golding heard of the Levy?) and, in any case, conscience money is not enough.
The lesson for Congress is that $3 million worth of ingenuously appropriated conscience money will neither buy effective monitoring of contra human rights abuses nor transform the practices of the contras and their commanders.
Arsene Wenger had earlier been hit by a protest by Paris St Germain when he picked up Nicolas Anelka for just pounds 500,000 "conscience money" and by Marseilles after his summer capture of Mathieu Flamini.