Definitions

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  • n. A bribe offered in an envelope.

Etymologies

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From Greek φακελάκι (fakeláki, "little envelope").

Examples

  • People call them fakelaki, which is the Greek word for "envelopes."

    NPR Topics: News

  • He said the fakelaki are a consequence of low salaries and the state's attempts to run a system on the cheap.

    Health System Reflects Greece's Ills

  • He also cites the problems of abuse of office, waste and unjust enrichment, corruption and the small financial favors known as fakelaki, the notorious "little envelopes" that speed up service.

    Free Internet Press

  • THE debt crisis that caused Greece to ask for an international bailout on Friday has been attributed to many things, all economic: Greece's budget deficits, its lack of transparency and its over-the-top corruption, symbolized by the words "fakelaki," for envelopes containing bribes, and "rousfeti," political favors.

    BrothersJudd Blog

  • Many Greeks say the answer needs only two words: 'fakelaki' and 'rousfeti'.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • "fakelaki," Greek for small envelopes, containing cash for prompt services.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • If you have to deal with the government, Greeks will recommend a "fakelaki," which means little envelope.

    Michael Farr: Outrageous Arrogance and Greek Fraud

  • Public health care's strained finances have created a large private system, widely used by wealthier Greeks, as well as a shadow system built heavily on bribes—the envelopes of cash known in Greece as fakelaki .

    Health System Reflects Greece's Ills

  • Many Greeks say the answer needs only two words: fakelaki and rousfeti.

    POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: April 16, 2010

  • The Italian spintarella (meaning "a little push") and the Greek fakelaki ( "a little envelope") both use diminutive suffixes to convey that meaning.

    A Bribe By Any Other Name

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