buck·shee (bŭkshē) Chiefly British
1. Something extra or left over that is obtained free.
2. An extra ration.
1. Free of charge; gratis: "If they deposit these shares, too, in the scheme, they will get further buckshee shares on a one-for-one basis" (Economist).
2. Unsolicited; gratuitous: "The title was a bit of buckshee deceit, and had little to do with the plot" (Financial Times).
[Variant of BAKSHEESH.]
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