palm-greasing

palm-greasing

The act of bribing one discreetly, as by slipping money into their palm. I think that palm-greasing is the only way we're going to get a table without a reservation.
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There are also legitimate complaints that these so-called laws, rules and regulations are used as a shield for palm-greasing and in the process many potential investors run away in disgust.
If the mandate of the people is respected in an electoral process without being circumvented to favour a group of politicians, than this is the first step to controlling the vice of influence-peddling, sleaze, or palm-greasing.
Sopko said that the United States has a cooperative and 'willing partner' in the government of President Ashraf Ghani and that senior Afghan officials 'really care about improving their country,' but he said they have been frustrated by old systems of ethnic patronage and palm-greasing that discourage building institutions based on professionalism and merit.
Forget the cost - be it ever so mighty a presence on the company spreadsheet - of the necessary infrastructure, the complex algorithms, the plastic for the cards (what is it now, 10 per head of population?), the web design, the palm-greasing, the leaflets and mailshots.
"Doubtless someone's brother-in-law had a supply of pink phones he needed to unload." So yes, the Jews are not above a little palm-greasing. But damn, are they smart--high-tech entrepreneurs, chess masters and Talmud scholars who would rather listen to Bach than defend their beleaguered nation, but, alas, they do not have that luxury.
The industry used lawsuits, spying on FDA investigators, political palm-greasing and other tactics to keep the lid on this explosive truth.
Donations to the campaigns of politicians have staved off serious regulation in the past yet such palm-greasing may not work forever as negative publicity proliferates.
Kolomeets, says her husband is innocent, but \"law enforcement agencies inverted the state of things in the result of palm-greasing by Tolschikhin,\" Temirova went on.
With the exception of those thin-skinned agents outraged at the mere suggestion they might think of bending the rules, the sport has commended Newell for his decision to disinter the can of palm-greasing worms that had remained buried out of sight and mind for the best part of a decade.
It all surely calls into question the whole sickening, back-slapping, palm-greasing process that we've had to endure over the past two years of the 2006 World Cup venue selection.
WE cannot afford to let careerist politicians in the Scottish Parliament conform to the "palm-greasing" rituals of Westminster, or we will become a laughing stock around the world.
Ninety per cent of horses are setbacks waiting to happen and when anything afflicts a high-profile horse, a mixture of rabbiting staff and the big bookies' efficient system of palm-greasing mean the news doesn't remain classified for long.
It took diplomacy and a little palm-greasing to free it.
But while acknowledging some of the palm-greasing that goes on, Steel says it happens at all trade shows and easily could be avoided if exhibitors didn't play along.
It is a pity that gas theft of 49.06 billion cubic feet per day is taking place and instead of plugging the system, the SNGPL and OGRA have thought it appropriate to burden the consumers and make them pay for the theft that takes place with full connivance and palm-greasing of its officials.