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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: 'bread given to a beggar'

bribe

2 noun
     
bribe2 [countable]
1 money or a gift that you illegally give someone to persuade them to do something for you:
The officials said that they had been offered bribes before an important game.
accept/take a bribe
A Supreme Court judge was charged with taking bribes.
2 something special offered to someone, especially a child, in order to persuade them to do something

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