slush fund

noun

Definition of slush fund 

1 : a fund raised from the sale of refuse to obtain small luxuries or pleasures for a warship's crew

2 : a fund for bribing public officials or carrying on corruptive propaganda

3 : an unregulated fund often used for illicit purposes

Examples of slush fund in a Sentence

a secret slush fund for paying bribes

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Sign-up Investigators have said 1MDB was used by former Prime Minister Najib Razak as a political slush fund and by associates of his to buy real estate, art and other luxuries from London to Beverly Hills, Calif. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "Former Goldman Banker Is in Plea Talks Over Malaysian 1MDB Scandal," 9 July 2018 During the high-profile investigation, Barcenas testified that the PP kept a slush fund with donations from private business owners and that some party officials received non-taxable bonuses in addition to their salaries. Washington Post, "AP Explains: ‘Zombies’ vs ‘Frankenstein’ in Spanish politics," 2 June 2018 Bars held slush funds in case any of their HIV-positive regulars had trouble paying the rent. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "Rebecca Makkai, author of Chicago-set 'The Great Believers,' knows the value of diligence," 20 June 2018 The decision made the Popular Party the first Spanish political group to be convicted of operating a slush fund. Raphael Minder, BostonGlobe.com, "Spain’s Rajoy ousted in no-confidence vote," 1 June 2018 Both the Nixon and Trump slush funds were initially set up to illegally manipulate an American presidential election, hush money included. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Following the Money in Trumpland Leads Ugly Places," 9 May 2018 Like the Nixon campaign slush fund that Woodward and Bernstein uncovered, this money trail also implicates corporate players hoping to curry favor with a corrupt president. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Following the Money in Trumpland Leads Ugly Places," 9 May 2018 The confidence motion was filed by Sánchez after a court convicted Rajoy's former aides of running slush funds to help finance Popular Party election campaigns. Laura Smith-spark And Elena Gyldenkerne, CNN, "Astronaut Pedro Duque appointed to Spain's new Cabinet," 6 June 2018 After a court ruling found that Mr. Rajoy’s party had benefited from a slush fund, Mr. Sánchez orchestrated a parliamentary revolt, winning the backing of a majority of lawmakers to oust Mr. Rajoy through a vote of no confidence. New York Times, "Pedro Sánchez, Spain’s New Leader, Returns From the Political Wilderness," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of slush fund

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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slush fund

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slush fund

: an amount of money that is kept secretly for illegal or dishonest purposes

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