Kickback definition

kĭkbăk
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The definition of a kickback is slang for a bribe or incentive paid to someone who helped you make money, or a sudden, forceful recoil.

When you bid on a job and job is awarded to you and you have to pay someone $1000 because your received the award, this $1000 payment is an example of a kickback.

When you shoot off a gun and the recoil sends you staggering backwards from the force, this is an example of a kickback.

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(countable) A clandestine payment in return for a favor; especially an illegal one.
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A sharp reaction; a repercussion.
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A giving back of a portion of money received as payment, often as a result of coercion or an illicit agreement.
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The money so returned.
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An illegal, secret payment made by a company to a person or com-pany in exchange for awarding the first company a contract.
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(countable) A backward kick.
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(uncountable, firearms, machinery) Recoil; a sudden backward motion, usually in the direction of the operator.
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(countable, machinery) An accident wherein an object being cut by a rotating blade or disk, such as a circular saw, is caught by the blade and thrown outward.
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(oil industry) A dangerous buildup of gas pressure at the wellhead.
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(countable, bowling) The board separating one bowling lane from another at the pit end.
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(uncountable, bridge) In contract bridge, an ace asking convention initiated by the first step above four of the agreed trump suit.
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(pinball) A feature that saves the ball from draining and propels it back into play.
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A sharp, violent reaction.
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(slang) A return of a percentage of a sum of money already received, typically as a result of pressure, coercion, or a secret agreement.
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A form of bribery in which a percentage of the revenues from a contract or other financial award is illicitly returned to the person awarding the contract or benefit.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kickback
Plural:
kickbacks

Origin of kickback