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Difference between "платить" and "отбашливаться"?

What's the difference between the two? Apart from the latter one being slang.

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    Never heard the second one. I assume it means to give a bribe. I wouldn't use it if I were you. – UVV Nov 26 '15 at 9:41
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    Можно не сомневаться, что тот будущий юноша, который в 1973 году скажет, например, _рубать_ или _башли_, не встретит среди своих сверстников никакого сочувствия и покажется им безнадежно отсталым. K. Chukovsky, 1962. – Quassnoi Nov 26 '15 at 18:25
  • This "отбашливаться" word sounds very funny to me :)). Surely, most Russians does not know this word. – Astronavigator Dec 7 '15 at 18:34
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Отбашляться means "to pay off someone", to avoid some kind of trouble by paying money: bail yourself out of jail, bribe an official who's threatening you with a legal penalty, pay someone whose car you have scratched on site to avoid dealing with insurance etc.

It's a slang word similar in meaning to neutral откупиться or отплатиться.

Платить is a neutral word meaning "to pay". Its slang counterpart with the same root would be башлять.

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Платить means simply to pay. About отбашливаться, I never heard such word, yet as there's jargon / colloquial башлять (or забашлять), it could be some arbitrarily made up reflexive/imperfective form of it.

Slanguish башлять means to pay off or to bribe.

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