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graft
as in:  graft and corruption


The government of that country is known for graft at all levels.
  corruption in which one uses their position to gain personal advantage — especially political corruption
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  • The government of that country is known for graft at all levels.
  • He was an enormously rich man—he had a hand in all the big graft in the neighborhood.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • They were common enough, he said, such cases of petty graft.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The officials who ruled it, and got all the graft, had to be elected first; and so there were two rival sets of grafters, known as political parties, and the one got the office which bought the most votes.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle

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  • So indignant were the packers that they went farther, and compelled the mayor to abolish the whole bureau of inspection; so that since then there has not been even a pretense of any interference with the graft.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • There were a few colonies of them still here, enough to run all the unions and the police force and get all the graft; but most of those who were working in the packing houses had gone away at the next drop in wages—after the big strike.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • After Jurgis had been there awhile he would know that the plants were simply honeycombed with rottenness of that sort—the bosses grafted off the men, and they grafted off each other; and some day the superintendent would find out about the boss, and then he would graft off the boss.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • After Jurgis had been there awhile he would know that the plants were simply honeycombed with rottenness of that sort—the bosses grafted off the men, and they grafted off each other; and some day the superintendent would find out about the boss, and then he would graft off the boss.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • After Jurgis had been there awhile he would know that the plants were simply honeycombed with rottenness of that sort—the bosses grafted off the men, and they grafted off each other; and some day the superintendent would find out about the boss, and then he would graft off the boss.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • In the same way Scully had all the jobs in the fire department at his disposal, and all the rest of the city graft in the stockyards district; he was building a block of flats somewhere up on Ashland Avenue, and the man who was overseeing it for him was drawing pay as a city inspector of sewers.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle

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  • For his cell mate Jurgis had an Italian fruit seller who had refused to pay his graft to the policeman, and been arrested for carrying a large pocketknife; as he did not understand a word of English our friend was glad when he left.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • As no one makes any profit by the sale, there is no longer any stimulus to extravagance, and no misrepresentation; no cheating, no adulteration or imitation, no bribery or ’grafting.’
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • And this army of graft had, of course, to be maintained the year round.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Early in April the city elections were due, and that meant prosperity for all the powers of graft.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • For the criminal graft was one in which the businessmen had no direct part—it was what is called a "side line," carried by the police.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • It collected the stories of graft and misery from the daily press, and made a little pungent paragraphs out of them.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The city, which was owned by an oligarchy of businessmen, being nominally ruled by the people, a huge army of graft was necessary for the purpose of effecting the transfer of power.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Tommy Hinds had begun life as a blacksmith’s helper, and had run away to join the Union army, where he had made his first acquaintance with "graft," in the shape of rotten muskets and shoddy blankets.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The city government was in their hands and the railroads were in league with them, and honest business was driven to the wall; and so Hinds had put all his savings into Chicago real estate, and set out singlehanded to dam the river of graft.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Jurgis had often wondered just who ate the canned corned beef and "roast beef" of the stockyards; now he began to understand—that it was what you might call "graft meat," put up to be sold to public officials and contractors, and eaten by soldiers and sailors, prisoners and inmates of institutions, "shantymen" and gangs of railroad laborers.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • It was the same with the gambling-house keeper and the poolroom man, and the same with any other man or woman who had a means of getting "graft," and was willing to pay over a share of it: the green-goods man and the highwayman, the pickpocket and the sneak thief, and the receiver of stolen goods, the seller of adulterated milk, of stale fruit and diseased meat, the proprietor of unsanitary tenements, the fake doctor and the usurer, the beggar and the "pushcart man," the prize fighter…
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
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