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kickback

Meaning: a payment made, often secretly or illegally, to someone who has helped to arrange a deal or a job

For example:

  • Several corrupt politicians were arrested for getting kickbacks from companies that were given huge government contracts.

  • We'll have to pay a $50,000 kickback to the school's principal if we want to get the job of building their new assembly hall.

Quick Quiz:

The company that built the new national stadium gave the Minister of Sports a kickback that was
  1. very painful
  2. quite popular
  3. worth $100,000

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