buy off


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buy

 (bī)
v. bought (bôt), buy·ing, buys
v.tr.
1. To acquire in exchange for money or its equivalent; purchase. See Note at boughten.
2. To be capable of purchasing: "Certainly there are lots of things in life that money won't buy" (Ogden Nash).
3. To acquire by sacrifice, exchange, or trade: wanted to buy love with gifts.
4. To bribe: tried to buy a judge.
5. Informal To accept the truth or feasibility of: The officer didn't buy my lame excuse for speeding.
v.intr.
To purchase something; act as a purchaser.
n.
1. Something bought or for sale; a purchase.
2. An act of purchasing: a drug buy.
3. Something that is underpriced; a bargain.
Phrasal Verbs:
buy down
To pay an upfront fee to reduce (an interest rate) over part or all of the term of a loan.
buy into
1. To acquire a stake or interest in: bought into a risky real estate venture.
2. Informal To believe in, especially wholeheartedly or uncritically: couldn't buy into that brand of conservatism.
buy off
To bribe (an official, for example) in order to secure improper cooperation or gain exemption from a regulation or legal consequence.
buy out
To purchase the entire stock, business rights, or interests of.
buy up
To purchase all that is available of.
Idioms:
buy it Slang
To be killed.
buy the farm Slang
To die, especially suddenly or violently.
buy time
To increase the time available for a specific purpose: "A moderate recovery thus buys time for Congress and the Administration to whittle the deficit" (G. David Wallace).

[Middle English bien, beyen, from Old English bycgan, byg-; akin to Gothic bugjan, from Germanic *bugjanan, of unknown origin.]

buy′a·ble adj.

buy off

vb
(tr, adverb) to pay (a person or group) to drop a charge, end opposition, relinquish a claim, etc
n
a purchase
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.buy off - pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
bribe, grease one's palms, buy, corrupt - make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence; "This judge can be bought"
Translations

w>buy off

vt sep (inf: = bribe) → kaufen (inf)
References in classic literature ?
With money, however, one may buy off the others before the game.
But how can I buy off the others in the game without money?
Clare was good-natured and self-indulgent, and sought to buy off with presents and flatteries; and when Marie became mother to a beautiful daughter, he really felt awakened, for a time, to something like tenderness.
You can buy off the company's website by phoning (818) 768-6449.
You're not going to buy off these groups," warns Dr.
Defaults ensure that all necessary information is included while removing the opportunity for employees to buy off catalogue.
BUY off plan and bag a bargain - that's the message from house builders Bryant Homes.
Unfortunately, I'm 6-foot 7 and I can't walk into his stores and buy off the rack,'' said the former Indiana Pacer at the opening of Perse's new boutique in the Malibu Country Mart last weekend.
Theresa May, Tory spokesman for the family, said: "Labour has wasted taxpayers' money on a ploy to buy off criticism.
If these people want to buy off the stalls, they can continue to do so on a different site.
Shame should be on Mr Blunkett for trying to buy off these people in such a calculated way instead of sitting down and trying to address the immigration problem seriously and provide properly for these poor people, who have already suffered enough under one brutal regime.
Giocomo, a 22,000-guinea buy off the Flat last autumn, stepped up on his two previous efforts over hurdles as he got the better of a sustained duel with With A Twist to take the pounds 12,500-added contest by a length at 7-2.