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 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 That corporate slush fund called the Export-Import bank? Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Grim Lizzie," 27 June 2019 Rajoy had testified that there were no such slush funds. Washington Post, "Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy ousted amid corruption scandal," 2 June 2018 That’s the State Department’s big arts-and-culture slush fund. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The American Pavilion in the Venice Biennale: Safe and Sorry," 10 Aug. 2019 The last thing our state and the planet can afford is for cap-and-trade funds to be turned into a slush fund for pet projects that do little or nothing to improve our environment. Fabian Núñez, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Governor, stop raiding California’s cap-and-trade funds," 10 July 2019 The expedient solution was to tap the cap-and-trade fund, which is supposed to be used for projects that reduce greenhouse gases, but that has evolved – surprise, surprise – into an all-purpose political slush fund. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, "Walters: Budget decisions on safe water, health insurance defy logic," 13 June 2019 The piece was correct in its observation that the Commodity Credit Corp.’s enormous statutory borrowing authority is an anachronism and has been utilized irresponsibly as a slush fund. WSJ, "Taxpayers Already Pick Up The Tab for Grain Farmers," 16 July 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'slush fund.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of slush fund

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about slush fund

Statistics for slush fund

Last Updated

14 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for slush fund

The first known use of slush fund was in 1839

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for slush fund

slush fund

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slush fund

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

More from Merriam-Webster on slush fund

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with slush fund

Comments on slush fund

What made you want to look up slush fund? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the exactly right word or phrasing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Pass the Little Ribbons: A Pasta Word Quiz

  • rotelle pasta
  • Match the pasta to its meaning in English: Rotelle
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!