on the take

This page is about the slang term on the take


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