Definition of kickback
1 : a sharp violent reaction
2 : a return of a part of a sum received often because of confidential agreement or coercion <every city contract had been let with a ten percent kickback to city officials — D. K. Shipler>
Examples of kickback in a sentence
Several company executives were accused of accepting kickbacks.
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KICKBACK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of kickback for English Language Learners
: an amount of money that is given to someone in return for providing help in a secret and dishonest business deal
Additional Notes on kickback
A kickback is specifically a payment for income received or to be received. The word is usually not restricted to a return of funds.
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