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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BRIBE

Would a Sunday-school picnic constitute a bribe worth mentioning?

"Maybe you could bribe Jim Wakely into giving something away," she suggested.

No bribe—and he was shameless in his offers—could wring more than that from her.

Then I tried to bribe them, and they ordered me out of the room.'

You, with the impudence of your class, think you can come to me and bribe me to betray my employer.

It's just like a woman, to take the bribe, and then be sorry for having taken it.'

Did you think you could bribe me with your gifts to tolerate your vileness?

But there lurks no bribe in the smell and beauty of the flower.

“But it was a bribe to get you to take them off,” laughed the Patient Aunt, wickedly.

Escovedo wrote me a letter that was little better than an attempt to bribe me.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "thing stolen," from Old French bribe "bit, piece, hunk; morsel of bread given to beggars" (14c., cf. Old French bribeor "vagrant, beggar"), from briber, brimber "to beg," a general Romanic word (Gamillscheg marks it as Rotwelsch, i.e. "thieves' jargon"), of uncertain origin; old sources suggest Celtic (cf. Breton breva "to break"). Shift of meaning to "gift given to influence corruptly" is by mid-15c.

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