cross palm

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cross (one's) palm

To pay one, especially as a bribe. Well, if you cross my palm, I might remember a few details about the people you're asking about. I crossed her palm to make sure she won't come after us.
See also: cross, palm
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cross (someone's) palm

To pay, tip, or bribe.
See also: cross, palm
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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BIRMINGHAM tackle shop Fosters has announced a Fox International open day on Saturday, November 9, when anglers will have the chance to cross palms to some top anglers from different branches of the sport including predator ace Julian Chidgey, Maver Match This champion Les Thompson and carp expert Neil Smith.
The Gunners threatened after the restart with Jenkinson's cross palmed away by John Ruddy - but French forward Olivier Giroud hooked the loose ball wide.
And after the break Gateshead sustained pressure on the visitors with Curtis heading over and Moore seeing a swirling cross palmed away by another former Tynesider, Steve Harper.
Andrew Taylor was another who was prominent, providing the cross for Viduka's missed chance and then seeing another cross palmed on to the crossbar by Petr Cech in the second half.
But after regaining their composure, Wales almost stole the points in the dying moments as substitute Robert Earnshaw saw his stooping header from a John Oster cross palmed onto the post.
But Stoke started to slip back and at the start of the second half Matthew Taylor first put them under pressure with a low cross palmed out by keeper Neil Cutler.
And he almost did in the 19th minute when he nipped round the back of the defence and saw his cross palmed away by the keeper before Youssef Chippo hooked a shot just wide of the target.
You don't get doodly squat unless you cross palms with silver even for the most paltry of services.
With brimming state coffers, pounds 600million ahead of expectations, they can afford to open the treasure chest and cross palms with silver.
Everton did not let the miss affect them and started the second half well with a dangerous Bilyaletdinov cross palmed over the bar by Cech.
Craig Russell did see his cross palmed clear by United keeper Alan Combe in the opening minutes and the ball broke to John Paul McBride but he failed to capitalise and the chance was lost.
And, with brimming state coffers, pounds 600 million ahead of expectations, they can afford to open the treasure chest and cross palms with silver.
Walters had his fierce cross palmed onto a post by Preston goalkeeper Moilanen and the ball was somehow cleared off the visiting team's line.