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Buy off   /baɪ ɔf/   Listen
Buy off

Pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor.  Synonym: pay off.

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"Buy off" Quotes from Famous Books

... the Romans although expecting succour from Veii and from Camillus, nevertheless, being straitened by famine, entered into an agreement to buy off the Gauls with gold But at the very moment when, in pursuance of this agreement, the gold was being weighed out, Camillus came up with his army. This, says our historian, was contrived by Fortune, "that the Romans might not live thereafter as men ransomed for a price," and the ...
— Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius • Niccolo Machiavelli

... was not to be forgiven by Hernando, and he coolly waited for the hour of revenge. Yet the execution of Almagro was a most impolitic act; for an evil passion can rarely be gratified with impunity. Hernando thought to buy off justice with the gold of Peru. He had studied human nature on its weak and wicked side, and he expected to profit by it. Fortunately, he was deceived. He had, indeed, his revenge; but the hour of his revenge was that ...
— History Of The Conquest Of Peru • William Hickling Prescott

... beads four times a day, and observing every fast prescribed by the Calendar? What signifies my having made three Pilgrimages to St. James of Compostella, and purchased as many pardons from the Pope as would buy off Cain's punishment? Nothing prospers with me! All goes wrong, and God only knows, whether any thing will ever go right again! Why now, be your Holiness the Judge. My Lodger dies in convulsions; Out of pure kindness I bury her at my own expence; (Not that She is any ...
— The Monk; a romance • M. G. Lewis

... "Buy off Bently Brown," he advised crisply. "Offer him a new contract, naming this stuff as comedy. Advertise them as the famous comedies of Bently Brown, the well-known author. Show him some good publicity dope along that line. Give him the credit of making the stories ...
— The Phantom Herd • B. M. Bower

Words linked to "Buy off" :   grease one's palms, bribe, offence, law-breaking, buy, criminal offense, corrupt, offense, criminal offence, crime, pay off

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