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backhander

noun [C]   /ˌbækˈhændər/ UK
informal an illegal payment or gift that is given to a person, especially someone in authority, in order to get them to do something for you: Governments pledged to make it a criminal offence to slip backhanders to officials of other countries to win contracts. He was accused of taking backhanders. → See also bribe
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