buy off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v buy off pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Buy off to gain release from military service by payment of money
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bycgan; Goth. bugjan.

Usage

In literature:

It is all up with both of us, unless you can buy her off.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
You even offer to buy me off.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Paul Dickey
After the first few minutes they came up to me to buy, and then all went off when C. did, as quickly as possible.
"Letters from Port Royal" by Various
At any rate, I can get time off to buy the machine.
"Jack O' Judgment" by Edgar Wallace
Now, our good Stampoff here would have me rush off and buy a ticket for Delgratz to-night.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
We then asked him why he didn't buy Ole off.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
If only he could get to Hickey and buy him off!
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
Others found girls to dance with them or wandered off to buy useless trinkets in the shops.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
It was decided to hold Brigade Sports here, and I was sent off to Boulogne to buy the prizes.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
But, Rob, I wish somebody'd buy this picture, and then we could have something to set off this room a little.
"Duffels" by Edward Eggleston
He talks of 'borrowed plumage,' and insinuates that Heath would like to buy him off.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
You generously offer to buy me off.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Charles Goddard
Those who have published most are worst off, for in this time of public excitement nobody reads books or buys them.
"Washington Irving" by Henry W. Boynton
Walter will come, and then I'll have to buy him off.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
Araminta had the day for a holiday and had gone merrily off to town to buy herself a new frock.
"Sunny Boy in the Country" by Ramy Allison White
Finally, he did say he would buy her off, pay her to leave this part of the country.
"No Clue" by James Hay
Better buy your supplies at Matinicus; it's a strong twelve miles off, but that isn't a bad run in decent weather.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
One is by intimidating them with threats and punishments, and the other buying them off with appointments and honors.
"Charles I" by Jacob Abbott
Often we would buy the cane in the markets, peel off the outside and chew the pith to get the sweet juice.
"An Ohio Woman in the Philippines" by Emily Bronson Conger
You will see it sold at the stations; the people buy it, and, breaking off a joint, eat it with pleasure.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
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In poetry:

Winter, Summer, Spring, and Autumn,
Down they came to peaceful Kioff,
Killed the burghers when they caught 'em,
If their lives they would not buy off.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Throughout its 60-year existence, the Land Cruiser has remained one of the most impressive off-roaders money can buy.
Hold Off on Buying a Smartphone.
Expanding on a 1993 European Union rule that introduced slot regulations at airports all over Europe, airport officials could soon be able to sell and buy landing and take-off slots.
Investment Experts Sound Off On What To Buy And Sell.
The Rolling Jubilee project is seeking donations to help it buy-up distressed debts, including student loans and outstanding medical bills, and then wipe the slate clean by writing them off.
Get up off the couch and go buy some fruit and vegetables.
I had a ten dollars off coupon from Victorian's Secret, so that's where I went to buy a new bra.
Pay some bills off, take a vacation, buy some gifts, whatever you choose there's plenty of moo -lah to be given out.
Look, we are just barely limping off the bottom of a residential housing catastrophe, and home buying and building are finally, after a genuine nightmare, reviving.
Here are three regions where your home-buying dollar might pay off more than others.
Delta Air Lines is buying its own oil refinery , a novel step that it says will shave hundreds of millions of dollars off its biggest expense — fuel.
Normally I don't recommend buying obsolete technology that is no longer supported by the vendor, but when HP starts selling off TouchPad inventory for $99 the tablet bargain is a steal.
Buy one at $35, get one half-off.
If you've been saving your lunch money to buy a brand spankin' new Pioneer Blu-ray player, you might want to hold off just a little longer.
It was 2006, and the Feather Fund, the nonprofit Szymanski runs, had just helped Elizabeth buy the foal during the annual sale of ponies on Chincoteague, an island off the Virginia coast.
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In science:

Buying off the shelf challenges the notion that we are unique and have requirements that other similar organizations do not have . Some of the benefits are software vendors attempt to incorporate the best practices from all of their customers into their products.
Thin Client Web-Based Campus Information Systems for Fiji National University
While the decision process that allocates a budget to each type of product may be essentially the same, the buying power is larger for derivative products, which may explain the absence of a cut-off.
Turnover, account value and diversification of real traders: evidence of collective portfolio optimizing behavior
It can be added that for an item as the 1960 D penny that costs only 20 dollars even at its peak price, it would be fairly easy for many collectors to buy more; nevertheless this does not happen: as soon as the number of new customers entering the market begins to level off, the bubble begins to falter.
"Thermometers" of Speculative Frenzy
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