on the take

on the take
on the take
taking bribes. (Underworld.) •

I heard that the mayor is on the take.

Everyone in city hall is on the take.

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{adv. phr.} Bribable; corrupt. * /Officer O'Keefe was put on three months' probation because it was alleged that he was on the take./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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