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We learned that our purchasing agent was accepting kickbacks.
  a bribe — usually paid by a seller to a purchasing agent or other decision maker
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Much more rarely, a kickback can refer to a strong (usually negative) reaction as in "We expect a kickback when taxes raise."
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  • We learned that our purchasing agent was accepting kickbacks.
  • The kickback of the rifle knocks him off balance, his foot slips, and he falls straight down.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • They get kickbacks on government contracts from friends or the companies they award them to.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I upped my kickback fee with those two drugstores.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • No kickbacks this time but rental fees paid for equipment that did not, in fact, exist.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • Pillsbury and his friends, no doubt, picked up some nice change as kickback from J. H. Moore, and forgot about the whole business.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • He insisted on kickbacks from plumbing, heating, or painting contractors with whom the Commissioner had always been cronies, and so made enemies.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • This time the kickback doesn’t startle him as much, and the bullet nicks the top of the target.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • Taxes starting low and handled painlessly by automatic checkoff and through kickback revenues from grain shipments.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • It is perfectly legal under federal law for a fast food chain to take kickbacks (known as "rebates") from its suppliers, to open a new restaurant next door to an existing franchisee, and to evict a franchisee without giving cause or paying any compensation.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation

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  • Considering Simpson’s imagination, I’d bet on the standard kickbacks, bribes, and graft."
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • He won the "Small City Reporter of the Year" award, presented annually by the Associated Press, for a series of stories involving corruption in Blount—an official in the Public Works Department involved in kickbacks connected with purchases of snowplows and trucks.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • Duffy did that, for he had been pulling all along for such an arrangement, and I suppose that he must have got some sort of private kickback or sweetening from Larson.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
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