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whitemail

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

white +‎ mail, by analogy with blackmail.

NounEdit

whitemail (plural whitemails)

  1. (business) A tactic to resist hostile takeover, in which the target company sells discounted stock to a friendly third party
    • 1991, Michael T. Jacobs, Short-term America: The Causes and Cures of Our Business Myopia[1], ISBN 087584300X, page 92:
      Whitemail, which also appears unfair to some, may enhance shareholder value if the outside investor is able to influence management in a more positive way than other shareholders could.
  2. Persuasion based on positive rather than negative effects
    • 2000, Gore Vidal, The Golden Age[2], ISBN 0385500750, page 432:
      Certainly FDR was a master of his own kind of whitemail and practiced it on the likes of Harry Hopkins.

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VerbEdit

whitemail (third-person singular simple present whitemails, present participle whitemailing, simple past and past participle whitemailed)

  1. To persuade
    • 2000 January 2, Howard Manly, “Tuning in Memories: Channel Surfing Comes With a Hefty Price Tag”:
      Major League Baseball whitemailed ESPN into paying a lot more, and the only thing we can be assured of is that the same old products and announcers will come in clearer in 2000 thanks to digital technology.
    • 2000, Gore Vidal, The Golden Age[3], ISBN 0385500750, page 432:
      The ability to whitemail an emotional older man like my father into falling in love with him so that he would help him rise.
  2. (ironic) To blackmail a dark-skinned person
    • 1973 January 1, “Avenging "Whitemail"”:
      Sweating heavily under the hot lights, he started off with a diatribe against British policy toward Uganda, especially London's recent decision to cancel a $24 million aid program, which Amin dismissed as "whitemailing."

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