buy off
transitive verb Date: 1629 1. to induce to refrain (as from prosecution) by a payment or other consideration 2. to free (as from military service) by payment

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  • buy off — index suborn Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • buy off — verb pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor • Syn: ↑pay off • Topics: ↑crime, ↑offense, ↑criminal offense, ↑criminal offence, ↑offence, ↑law breaking …   Useful english dictionary

  • buy off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms buy off : present tense I/you/we/they buy off he/she/it buys off present participle buying off past tense bought off past participle bought off informal 1) same as buy I, 2) Efforts to buy her off have failed …   English dictionary

  • buy off — PHRASAL VERB (disapproval) If you say that a person or organization buys off another person or group, you are criticizing the fact that they are giving them something such as money so that they will not complain or cause trouble. [V P n (not… …   English dictionary

  • buy off — Synonyms and related words: approach, bribe, buy, buy back, buy in, buy into, buy on credit, buy up, complete a purchase, corner, corrupt, engross, fix, get at, get to, grease, grease the palm, have, lubricate, make a buy, monopolize, pay off,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • buy off — {v.} To turn from duty or purpose by a gift. * /When the police threatened to stop the gambling business, the owner bought them off./ * /The Indians were going to burn the cabins, but the men bought them off with gifts./ Compare: PAY OFF …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • buy off — {v.} To turn from duty or purpose by a gift. * /When the police threatened to stop the gambling business, the owner bought them off./ * /The Indians were going to burn the cabins, but the men bought them off with gifts./ Compare: PAY OFF …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • buy\ off — v To turn from duty or purpose by a gift. When the police threatened to stop the gambling business, the owner bought them off. The Indians were going to burn the cabins, but the men bought them off with gifts. Compare: pay off …   Словарь американских идиом

  • buy off — verb to pay off, convince to refrain etc. by corrupt payment or other service …   Wiktionary

  • buy off — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. corrupt, influence, fix*; see bribe …   English dictionary for students

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