Hush-money



noun
1.
a bribe to keep someone silent about something, especially to keep the receiver from exposing a scandal.
noun
1.
(slang) money given to a person, such as an accomplice, to ensure that something is kept secret

noun phrase

Money paid to ensure silence: You can’t give ”hush money” to someone who’s already talked (1709+)
A bribe paid to keep something secret, as in No amount of hush money will keep that scandal from coming out. [ c. 1700 ]

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