hush money


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hush money

Money paid to keep someone from revealing sensitive information. A: "What are we going to do about that witness?" B: "Don't worry, we'll give him some 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

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

Hush money is money that is paid to someone to stop them telling other people about something. Reports say that he has paid several children millions of pounds in hush money after they threatened to take him to court.
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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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BEVERLEY: 2.25 Hush Money, 3.25 Kissing Time (nap).
Safire asks whether Lippo was providing hush money. "Consider: The financially desperate Hubbell, who could have sunk the Clintons if he turned against them, received a bundle from the same Asian crew bankrolling Clinton's campaigns.
The check is meant to serve as evidence of Cohen's expected allegations that the president engaged in criminal conduct while in office, and was directly involved in the hush money scheme to pay Daniels.
It could also reopen them to prosecution for paying hush money to a Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with Donald Trump.
Donald Trumpsays he is not concerned that he could be impeached as he addressed hush money payments made to two women who claim to have had affairs with him.
Mr Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations for his role in making hush money payments to women who alleged affairs with Mr Trump.
Rudy Giuliani, now Trump's personal lawyer, admitted the president had discussed the hush money with Cohen on the recording - but said no payment was ever made.
Before you think of slush funds and hush money and other forms of illicit wealth, let me clarify: I AM talking about hidden money -- but it is not the kind that is either ill-gotten or ill-used.
TEESSIDE Councils have spent at least PS1m of taxpayers cash on hush money for ex-staff.
Wade Robson, 30, suing the King of Pop's estate, has asked his legal team to get hold of the files on the hush money Jackson paid boys.
Refusing to pay the hush money, the proud father contacted Cairo authorities instead.
Well, Network Change Team, it certainly doesn't feel like the People's Post Office, with your sham of a consultation exercise, forcing post masters and mistresses to sign hush money agreements, and your stick the pin in the map to close a branch attitude.
Caddy says he had steadfastly turned down offers of hush money for his clients, an assertion supported by testimony in at least one Watergate-related trial.
People sexually abused by priests in the Midlands were offered 'hush money' not to take their complaints to the authorities, it has been claimed.
Marcoux wants to imply that the $450,000, which he says he spent years pursuing, was hush money. It sounds more like it was blackmail to me.