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?
They don't care for their contempt, and then they use their dishonest gains to buy off the contempt they have deserved.
It seems they found means to bribe or buy off some of those who were expected to come in against them, and they wanted evidence for some time to convict them.
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.
To me it's a one-sided affair anyway when we buy off them more than they buy off us, and the money they have off us is mostly wasted.
When people buy off plan, they can see their home and choose the accessories for it and they can see it being built from the outside but they cannot get on to the site to see inside as it is built because it is too dangerous.
That's probably less than what Teva might have had to pay if the case went to trial as scheduled on June 1, but it might deter other companies from trying to buy off the competition.
Part of the problem is that the majority of people do not go to a bike shop to test ride a bike; they just buy off the rack, not paying much attention to the proper fit.
Often it's the well-off middle classes that buy off their children through the computer and the TV, that then isolates them within the home, and then they're surprised when their child isn't coming to school ready to learn," the Daily Express quoted her as saying.
SO THE Labour Chancellor, Alistair Darling, has looked to buy off his core Labour vote with a pointless tax hike for the highest earners.