Meaning of slush fund in English:

slush fund

noun

  • A reserve of money used for illicit purposes, especially political bribery.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now we learn that there have been little or no improvements to an EU-wide budget that appears to be operated like a slush fund for pet political projects.’
    • ‘But after the ‘special autonomy’ law allowed the provincial government to keep a high percentage of locally generated oil and gas revenues, the windfall turned into a slush fund for the local political elite.’
    • ‘The appeal to the childhood home is that it can add money to your slush fund, but the gain is so minimal - if you get a gain at all - that's it's not really worth the effort.’
    • ‘However, the larger purpose of the fund, forecast to grow to $140 billion by 2020, is to create a giant slush fund for investment on stock exchanges.’
    • ‘Where is the incentive for institutions to adhere to the rules if they know that a slush fund exists, which will grow bigger each year, to bail them out if they go under?’
    • ‘This will never be a fund that is at the whim of any Minister of Finance to use as a slush fund for things like silly ‘think big’ projects.’
    • ‘I simply say that, surely, no board can operate with a slush fund.’
    • ‘This vote is not supposed to be a slush fund for all and sundry.’
    • ‘We have heard all the intellectual debate from the over-endowed academia and those who live off the slush fund.’
    • ‘We do not have a slush fund with which to buy a whole lot of property.’
    • ‘He was a key player in a very big political machine and he was managing a slush fund.’
    • ‘He said: ‘This is a council slush fund to reward failure.’’
    • ‘Isn't it strange that when New Labour wants to embark on a bit of imperialist warmongering it can discover a special contingency slush fund with unlimited resources running into billions of pounds?’
    • ‘The guidance in this budget document is as vague as the phrase ‘war on terror’, thus leading Kaplan to criticize the budget sections as a slush fund.’
    • ‘Surely, this is a clear warning of the resumption of the infamous slush fund returning to State House!’
    • ‘It's good to know our money is not merely disappearing into a slush fund somewhere.’
    • ‘Today, extracting cash from homes has become a great hidden slush fund supporting current levels of consumer spending and, therefore, the American economy generally.’
    payment, payout, reward, recompense, consideration

Origin

Mid 19th century originally nautical slang denoting money collected to buy luxuries, from the sale of watery food known as slush.

Pronunciation

slush fund