What does the word bribe mean?

Usage examples for bribe

  1. Up, and with Sir J. Minnes to attend the Duke, and then we back again and rode into the beginning of my Lord Chancellor's new house, near St. James's; which common people have already called Dunkirke- house, from their opinion of his having a good bribe for the selling of that towne. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  2. She could not hope to bribe them, for she had no money. – Cord and Creese by James de Mille
  3. I didn't bribe the cook to put paraffin oil in your dinner, and I should never have thought of pouring Condy's Fluid over your bed. – The Simpkins Plot by George A. Birmingham