from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The commission, gratuity, or bribe surreptitiously paid by native dealers and others in India to agents, servants, and employees, in order to secure the custom of their masters. Also spelled dustoori.
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He demanded the "dasturi," meaning the customary tip, so, seeing there were two of us, I gave him the equivalent of twenty dollars, which he tucked into his cummerbund so abruptly that I knew I had grossly overpaid him.
I was told then in good plain English that it was time to pay the usual dasturi; and when I produced some money I could almost feel their eyes weighing my wallet, so I used a little sleight-of-hand trick that is well worth practising and stowed it away in one pocket while they thought I put it in another.
You see we have paid our respects to you, and we are going to give him his _dasturi_ (tip). '
[_Author_.]  _Dastur, dasturi_, the percentage appropriated on purchase by servants.
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