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Meaning: a bribe

For example:

  • You won't get the contract unless you give the mayor a sweetener.

  • If we arrange a sweetener for the judge, he'll let you off.

Note: Also "kickback"

Quick Quiz:

Government officials who ask for a sweetener are

a. sweet-toothed

b. corrupt

c. honest

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Contributor: Matt Errey