Definition of kickback in English:


Syllabification: kick·back
Pronunciation: /ˈkikˌbak


1A sudden forceful recoil: the kickback from the gun punches your shoulder
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  • The gun, though supposedly effective at close quarters, has so much recoil and kickback that it is usually not worth the trouble.
  • His ears were ringing from the explosion of the gun and the kickback had bruised his shoulder when the gun went off.
  • The thrust from the kickback of the gun sent me to my back.
recoil, kick, rebound
2 informal A payment made to someone who has facilitated a transaction or appointment, especially illicitly.
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  • Of course they are the beneficiaries of kickbacks and illicit hordes of money safely stashed in cash and kind, in many cases also abroad.
  • Moreover, it is widely known within the media and political circles that transnational companies are routinely involved in the payment of bribes and kickbacks to governments around the world.
  • He accepted the money in return for granting official appointments and received kickbacks for approving various construction projects, the report said.
bribe, payment, inducement
informal payola, payoff, boodle

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