cross palm with silver
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cross (one's) palm with silver
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 with silver to make sure she won't come after us.
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cross someone's palm with silver
Fig. to pay money to someone in payment for a service. (A fortune-teller might ask for a potential customer to cross her palm with silver. Used in that sense or jocularly for something like tipping a porter.) I crossed his palm with silver, but he still stood there. You will find that things happen much faster in hotels if you cross the staff's palms with silver fairly often.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.