Get a bit on the side

Mely170

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Italian
Hi everyone :)

I have difficulties with a sentence I found. Two girls are talking about the possibility that an auction is rigged, and the involvement of the acutioneer in it.

‘The bidding is open to the floor,’ she pointed out. ‘You can’t rig an auction unless the auctioneer is in on it.’
‘Probably gets a bit on the side.’

I know bit on the side usually refers to a sexual relationship with someone which is not your wife/husband, but I can't get how it could fit in this case.
Can anyone help me? Are there any other meanings I don't know?

Thanks :D
 
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