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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  • The people at the head of News International are the same people who paid hush money to conceal evidence of criminality within their own company and who led a news organisation which – according to the PCC chair, Peta Buscombe – lied to the regulator.

    News International: Hacking away at the truth | Editorial

  • You want to give me hush money to swallow down an unrightness that burns my flesh?

    Hungry Hearts


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