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 Samuel Pierce, his secretary of housing and urban development, debased HUD’s mission and treated its budget as a slush fund for Reagan’s cronies. Adolph Reed Jr., The New Republic, 27 Apr. 2021 But Democrats view Medicare less as a solemn commitment to seniors than as a slush fund for new programs. Chris Jacobs, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2021 America’s defence spending is not expected to grow this year and, whereas the European Deterrence Initiative came out of a special Pentagon slush fund, the PDI must be carved out of the main budget. The Economist, 7 Mar. 2021 Critics called it a slush fund for council members. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2021 The union also accused council members of creating a slush fund for their districts. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2020 The fund was initially seen as a slush fund to support big business, and Congressional Democrats criticized a variety of disbursements for benefiting corporations that laid off workers during the pandemic. Mark Engler, The New Republic, 20 Nov. 2020 The New York Post ran a tendentious story about how the Nixons were living lavishly from a slush fund sustained by wealthy donors. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 30 Oct. 2020 Democrats had criticized the loan program for farmers as a political slush fund with concerns over how money was being dolled out and whether politics was playing a role in what states saw more money. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of slush fund

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Apr 2021

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“Slush fund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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