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Meaning of payola

pay•o•la

Pronunciation: (pā-ō'lu), [key]
— n. Informal.
  1. a secret or private payment in return for the promotion of a product, service, etc., through the abuse of one's position, influence, or facilities.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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