slush fund


: a fund raised from the sale of refuse to obtain small luxuries or pleasures for a warship's crew
: a fund for bribing public officials or carrying on corruptive propaganda
: 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 Through a secret slush fund, the South African government was funneling money into a global propaganda campaign meant to undermine its critics — including $250,000 to support Mr. Jepsen. Clay Risen, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2023 The real threat to the Fed would be a judicial decision upholding the CFPB—and thereby letting Congress treat the central bank as the administrative state’s slush fund. Adam J. White, WSJ, 2 Oct. 2023 The case that got Berlusconi kicked out of the Senate stemmed from multimillion-dollar movie rights deals done by Mediaset during the 1990s with Hollywood studios, including Paramount and Fox, through offshore companies at inflated prices, allegedly to evade taxes and create a slush fund. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 12 June 2023 In 2019, Ericsson entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. government for using third-party agents and consultants to bribe government officials and operate slush funds in China, Djibouti, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Devlin Barrett, Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2023 But some lawmakers want to use the money as a slush fund. Joel Zinberg,, 7 May 2023 The payoff was a $50,000 contribution to a nonprofit Kilpatrick used as a slush fund. Detroit Free Press, 23 Apr. 2023 Critics called the entity a slush fund. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Jan. 2022 And now Blaine Griffin and Company wanna go the slush fund route. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 24 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of slush fund was in 1839

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“Slush fund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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