hush money


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hush money

noun blackmail, blood money, bribe, bribe money, corrupt money, cover-up, criminal payoff, graft, gratuity, illegal bribe, illegal funds, illegal gratuity, illegal money, illegal payoff, illegal pay-out, inducement, payoff for corruption, payoff for silence, payoff to quash testimony, prize, slush fund, suppression of evidence
Associated concepts: bribery, public officials' code of conduct
See also: blackmail, bribe, graft, gratuity
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But it transpires that the city council has handed over a pounds 65,000 'bonus' in hush money - on condition that the size of out-of-court settlement was kept confidential.
But his own tapes caught him discussing hush money and clemency for the defendants in the break-in trial and recorded him plotting to have the C.
MAX and Kate kiss after he tells her the truth about Belle, and the hotel owner grudgingly pays Wanda more hush money - only for Angel to barge in.
Qwest was paying hush money to competitors," said Tom Pelto, AT&T Vice President of Law and Government Affairs.
The Lippo hush money thrown at Hubbell induced him to remain silent, when he was in a position to testify against both Bill and Hillary.
Of course there was no proof, said Sinclair; the families of those men had been paid hush money and sent away.
Hush money makes up for a few broken knee caps, capisce?
Safire asks whether Lippo was providing hush money.
Morelli and the employee engaged in an extortion attempt by threatening to file a well-publicized lawsuit and demanding an exorbitant financial settlement for hush money.
FIFA paid them the hush money so they wouldn't demand a replay and also to end an Irish boycott of Henry hoovers.
Most football fans accepted that corruption took place but when it starts interfering with the game itself - as the PS3million hush money to the Irish FA was - they get worried.