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

Recent Examples on the Web

Choi was accused of setting up two charitable foundations ostensibly to promote sports, but in fact using them as slush funds for the president and for herself. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Disgraced former South Korean president gets 24 years in prison on corruption charges," 6 Apr. 2018 As Fahrenthold discovered, the Trump Foundation often operated as a slush fund for the Trump family and Trump’s businesses. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The Trump Foundation shows just how preposterously light our oversight of charity is," 20 Dec. 2018 Money from those accounts was used to pay bribes to government officials, pad a slush fund controlled by Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak, and purchase jewelry for his wife Rosmah Mansor, court documents show. Bradley Hope, WSJ, "Justice Department Charges Ex-Goldman Bankers in Malaysia 1MDB Scandal," 1 Nov. 2018 Despite that, federal courts have used PACER revenues as a slush fund to finance other court activities. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "New bill would finally tear down federal judiciary’s ridiculous paywall," 17 Sep. 2018 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

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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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