Is there any difference between "kick-backs" and "bribes"? Or are they synonyms?
Kickback is a kind of bribery. Some people in some circumstances might use the words interchangeably. A bribe is usually a payment offered by one party to another to obtain some favor, usually an individual to an individual. A kickback is often the kind of bribe that is included in an payment when two parties negotiate a contract, usually involving business and government.