Hush Money

Meaning: Money you give someone to prevent them from exposing a secret.

 Example:

1. The police officer was fired and sentenced to two years in jail for receiving hush money from the gangster.

2. When the villagers discovered that the big oil company was polluting their water, the company tried to give them hush money to stop them from alerting the health authorities.

Have you ever received or given hush money? Tough question huh?