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(n.) The process of hiding the source of illegal income by processing it through a large-turnover entity, who takes a premium from it, and then receiving the income from that entity to avoid suspicion.

This definition has evolved to include any form of hiding income (or sources of income) in the interests of avoiding tax, although the problem posed by non-specific 'cover-all' statements means that it is open to loopholes because of the vast grey areas.

Money laundering has been practised for over 6000 years, but the term itself comes from the prohibition era of american history.
If a public limited company were to pay its director fees or dividends through purchasing toy cars worth £1 each for @ £50,000 each from a foreign company (and listing them as real cars) owned by the receiving directors/shareholders so they get their money with minor taxation, that would be covered by the extended definition of money laundering.
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1. when a group of criminal makes money out of illegal arms sales, smuggling, organized crime, drug trafficking, prostitution rings, embezzlement, insider trading, bribery and computer fraud schemes hide how they make their money by disguising the sources, changing the form, or moving the funds to a place where they are less likely to attract attention.
2. when you wash your pants and there is still money inside them
by PlayDohMan May 10, 2004
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Something you unfortunately cannot learn to do by looking it up in a dictionary.

If you've come here to, just turn yourself over to the police and tell them where you got all the money. It's probably for the better.
I got it, we'll just launder the money! My junkie cousin used to do money laundering all the time.
by zacon2 July 03, 2006
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The process of running illegal proceeds through a supposedly legitimate business, to turn your "dirty" money into "clean" money, and, uh, fuck it just go watch season 4 of Breaking Bad.
Money laundering plays a major role in season 4 of Breaking Bad. You should check it out sometime.
by HighwayRobber November 17, 2015
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When you wash your clothes and forget there's money in the pockets.
Don't forget to empty your pockets—you don't want to get arrested for money laundering.
by Anonymous938743 July 25, 2010
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Where a clothes-washing-service employee intentionally adds a really muddy/greasy garment or towel to your merely-lightly-soiled laundry, causing the entire load to not get sufficiently cleaned when washed the first time, and therefore "obliging" the worker to throw said wash back into the machine for another full laundering-cycle, which of course you end up getting charged for, and thus the establishment dishonestly makes extra money that way.
I always do my own wash at a self-service laundromat... I don't trust "professional" outfits that do it for you --- too many money-laundering establishments out there!
by QuacksO August 22, 2018
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