from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A gratuity, tip, or bribe paid to expedite service, especially in the Near East.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter). Same as
- noun Same as
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- noun business, ethics In the
Middle East, southwest Asiaand Eastern Europe, a bribeor tippaid to speed up services.
- verb To bribe with a baksheesh.
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- noun a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)
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Many Pakistanis consider the word baksheesh an insult.
“How much did my guards squeeze out of you in baksheesh to let you in?”
Afghans derisively call the routine bribes paid to expedite services "baksheesh" - the Persian word for tipping.
Still, while the baksheesh is a fact of life in many places, it doesn't work everywhere.
All the western 'baksheesh' and some fancy vote rigging helped the US-backed March 14 coalition, headed by Saad Hariri, win 71 seats.
The money was just 'baksheesh', a bribe to buy the goodwill of surrounding Arab countries, not to mention the trouble-making capability of the PLO and its affiliates.
Proving that the Conservative government has no concept of what 'baksheesh' is, we had Foreign Affairs Minister Bernier encouraging the government of Afghanistan to get rid of the governor of Kandahar province due to corruption: Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier directly told Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai that the governor of Kandahar province should be replaced because he is holding up Canadian development aid, CTV News has learned.
As unsavory as the concept is to Westerners, 'baksheesh' is a reality of life in Afghanistan as well as the rest of the middle east and much of southeast Asia.
Beginning with Camp David in 1978, the US bribed Egypt with billions in "baksheesh" in return for peace with Israel leaving Palestinians out in the cold.
Every one, apparently, on the train had the same experience -- the Austrian drummers looked wise and muttered "baksheesh," and in Bucarest an evil-eyed hotel porter kept pulling me into corners, saying that this taking of passports was a regular "commerce," and that for five francs he would have it back again.