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POT-DE-VIN, French law. A sum of money frequently paid, at the moment of entering into a contract, beyond the price agreed upon.
     2. It differs from arrha, (q.v.) in this, that it is no part of the price of the thing sold, and, that the person who has received it, cannot by returning double the amount, or the other party by losing what he has paid, rescind the contract. 18 Toull. n. 52.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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On reproche a ces joueurs d'avoir touche un pot de vin pour faire perdre leur equipe lors de ce match carrement barrage.
It is so endemic that it has generated its own special vernacular, such as "Code 1,000" in Honduras (a reference to the 1,000 lempira note), "mordida" in Mexico, "arreglo" in the Philippines, "baksheesh" in Egypt, "dash" in Kenya, or "pot de vin" in France.