plata o plomo

plata o plomo(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (general)
a. silver or lead
La regla de "plata o plomo" parece haber sustituido el imperio del derecho en algunas zonas aquejadas por el narcotráfico.The rule of "silver or lead" seems to have superseded the rule of law in some areas plagued by drug trafficking.
b. the bullet or the bribe
Muchos en el barrio ya habían sido amenazados con plata o plomo.Many in the neighborhood had already been threatened with the bullet or the bribe.
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