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grease payment

A sum of money, typically a bribe, paid to a government official or business person so as to facilitate or expedite some decision or transaction. Just offer the governor's aide a grease payment to move our building application to the forefront of the governor's agenda.
See also: grease, payment

lubrication payment

A small sum of money or other gifts or services to be paid or given to government officials to expedite business operations in countries that do not prohibit such activity. Whenever I start up a new factory overseas, I make sure to bring along enough cash on hand for any lubrication payments I may need to make.
See also: lubrication, payment

stop payment

To prevent a bank check or wire transfer from being honored or processed and having the funds leave an account. The bank stopped payment when they suspected that the signature on the check had been forged. Unfortunately, as the direct debit has already been issued for this month, you'll have to call the bank to stop payment.
See also: payment, stop

stop payment

Instruct a bank not to honor a check one has drawn, as in If that check was lost, we'll have to stop payment on it before issuing another. This usage was first recorded in 1722.
See also: payment, stop
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The following describes how the CSX case and another--on payments to tenured teachers--played out in the appeals courts.
2) The defendants were convicted of violations arising from payments to Haitian officials to reduce the Company's customs duties and sales tax assessment.
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They also would adjust payments by deducting the charge for any missed lessons.
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In the category of "no good deed goes unpunished," civilian employers seeking to ease the financial strain for employees recently called to active military duty are faced with having to determine the correct federal employment tax and reporting treatment of "differential" or "supplemental" payments made to these employees without the benefit of updated and concise guidance.
I am pleased to appear before the committee to discuss the arrangements the Federal Reserve is making to ensure the timely delivery of veterans' benefit payments made by direct deposit during the rollover to the Year 2000.
But not all of the banks are re-amortizing the loans so that interest payments are reduced.