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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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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
A bribe paid to keep something secret, as in No amount of hush money will keep that scandal from coming out. [c. 1700]
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.
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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
n. money paid to buy someone’s silence. There was some hush money paid to someone in city hall.
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