Fighting or bribing the Barbary pirates was a mere question of expense.
bribere was no holding a pistol to their heads; no physical force; no threats; nor even bribing by money.
Chmielnicki, now doubly hateful to the Poles as being both a royalist and a Cossack, was again maltreated and chicaned, and only escaped from gaol by bribing his gaolers.
The practice of bribing members of parliament by actual presents in money came to an end, though the practice of bribing them by place and pension long continued.
At last a compromise was effected, and Newcastle undertook the work of bribing, whilst Pitt undertook the work of governing (see CHATHAM, WILLIAM PITT, 1ST EARL OF).