slush fund


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 Opposition parties allege the administration is a slush fund that masks the distribution of government cash to Erdogan supporters in the construction industry. Cagan Koc,, "Turkish Clerics Defy 1,400 Years of Edicts With Home Loan U-Turn," 10 May 2020 Some of the money served as a slush fund to bribe Chinese bureaucrats and airline company executives, according to the French settlement. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Airbus Agrees to Monitoring in $4 Billion Settlement of Bribery Charges," 31 Jan. 2020 Bukele also has cited the use of a presidential slush fund during the administration of his predecessor, Salvador Sánchez Cerén. Washington Post, "AP Explains: A look at El Salvador’s new anti-graft body," 9 Dec. 2019 This is a city where TIFs have been used as slush funds for mayors and aldermen for decades. Kristen Mcqueary,, "Column: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot shows how to build trust in a cynical city," 9 Dec. 2019 Critics, like the Libertarian Party, say a fund would discourage tax cuts or simply operate as a slush fund for lawmakers. Azi Paybarah, New York Times, "New York’s 5 Ballot Questions: What You Need to Know," 4 Nov. 2019 Setting aside 1% of the house value per year — on a monthly basis of course — would help to create a readily accessible slush fund when an emergency arises. Anchorage Daily News, "Thinking of pooling your resources with a buddy or partner to buy a house? Proceed with caution.," 21 Nov. 2019 But this annual budget is separate from the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, which has been described as a war-making slush fund and has added $1.8 trillion to military spending since 2001. Adam Wunische, The New Republic, "The Real Costs of the War in Afghanistan," 27 Sep. 2019 After the downfall of Mr Yanukovych, a book that contained records of payments made from a slush fund was passed to the security services. The Economist, "From Paul Manafort to Donald Trump’s fateful phonecall," 12 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of slush fund

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Slush fund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of slush fund

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

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