Definition of slush fund in English:

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slush fund

Pronunciation: /ˈsləSH ˌfənd/


A reserve of money used for illicit purposes, especially political bribery.
Example sentences
  • The board, which previously was under the control of the Ministry of Economic Reforms, has functioned as a slush fund for dispensing political favours.
  • The government has been accused of setting up a political slush fund at the expense of communities in need in Kerry and elsewhere.
  • He had this idea of the Social Entrepreneur Fund, which turned into a slush fund for all sorts of mad schemes.


Mid 19th century: originally nautical slang denoting money collected to buy luxuries, from the sale of slush, the refuse grease from the meat cooked aboard ship.

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