slush fund
noun Date: 1839 1. a fund raised from the sale of refuse to obtain small luxuries or pleasures for a warship's crew 2. a fund for bribing public officials or carrying on corruptive propaganda 3. an unregulated fund often used for illicit purposes <
a secret slush fund for paying off witnesses
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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