backhander back‧hand‧er [ˈbækhændə ǁ -ər] noun [countable] informal
an amount of money or something valuable that someone gives you to persuade you to help them or do something dishonest for them; = BRIBE:

• A former Ministry of Defence worker has been found guilty of accepting £1.5 million in backhanders from arms companies.

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backhander UK /ˌbækˈhændər/ noun [C] UK
INFORMAL an illegal payment or gift that is given to a person, especially someone in authority, in order to get them to do something for you: »

Governments pledged to make it a criminal offence to slip backhanders to officials of other countries to win contracts.


He was accused of taking backhanders.

See also BRIBE(Cf. ↑bribe)
See Note CORRUPTION(Cf. ↑corruption)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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