At pawn
Pawn Pawn, n. [OF. pan pledge, assurance, skirt, piece, F. pan skirt, lappet, piece, from L. pannus. See {Pane}.] 1. Anything delivered or deposited as security, as for the payment of money borrowed, or of a debt; a pledge. See {Pledge}, n., 1. [1913 Webster]

As for mortgaging or pawning, . . . men will not take pawns without use [i. e., interest]. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. State of being pledged; a pledge for the fulfillment of a promise. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Redeem from broking pawn the blemish'd crown. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

As the morning dew is a pawn of the evening fatness. --Donne. [1913 Webster]

3. A stake hazarded in a wager. [Poetic] [1913 Webster]

My life I never held but as a pawn To wage against thy enemies. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{In pawn}, {At pawn}, in the state of being pledged. ``Sweet wife, my honor is at pawn.'' --Shak.

{Pawn ticket}, a receipt given by the pawnbroker for an article pledged. [1913 Webster]


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