on the take

This page is about the slang term on the take.

Meaning: to be receiving illegal payments or bribes

For example:

  • He seems to have a lot of money for a cop. He has to be on the take, doesn't he?

  • It was a really corrupt period. Just about every member of the governing party was on the take.

Quick Quiz:

People suspected the judge was on the take because he was

a. unusually fat

b. unusually rich

c. unusually happy

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Contributor: Matt Errey