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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A bribe paid to keep something secret.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bribe to maintain secrecy (to prevent bad publicity or to prevent the discovery of a crime).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. money paid to secure silence, or to prevent the disclosure of facts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bribe to procure silence; money paid to prevent disclosure or exposure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bribe paid to someone to insure that something is kept secret

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