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for To buy off
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Buy \Buy\ (b[imac]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bought (b[add]t); p.
pr. & vb. n. Buying (b[imac]"[i^]ng).] [OE. buggen, buggen,
bien, AS. bycgan, akin to OS. buggean, Goth. bugjan.]
1. To acquire the ownership of (property) by giving an
accepted price or consideration therefor, or by agreeing
to do so; to acquire by the payment of a price or value;
to purchase; -- opposed to sell.
Buy what thou hast no need of, and ere long thou
wilt sell thy necessaries. --B. Franklin.
2. To acquire or procure by something given or done in
exchange, literally or figuratively; to get, at a cost or
sacrifice; to buy pleasure with pain.
Buy the truth and sell it not; also wisdom, and
instruction, and understanding. --Prov. xxiii.
To buy again. See Againbuy. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
To buy off.
(a) To influence to compliance; to cause to bend or yield
by some consideration; as, to buy off conscience.
(b) To detach by a consideration given; as, to buy off one
from a party.
To buy out
(a) To buy off, or detach from. --Shak.
(b) To purchase the share or shares of in a stock, fund,
or partnership, by which the seller is separated from
the company, and the purchaser takes his place; as, A
buys out B.
(c) To purchase the entire stock in trade and the good
will of a business.
To buy in, to purchase stock in any fund or partnership.
To buy on credit, to purchase, on a promise, in fact or in
law, to make payment at a future day.
To buy the refusal (of anything), to give a consideration
for the right of purchasing, at a fixed price, at a future
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