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buy someone off

to bribe someone to ignore what one is doing wrong. Do you think you can buy her off? The mobster tried to buy off the jury.
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buy off

Pay to get rid of a claim or opposition, or to avoid prosecution, as in He was caught trying to buy off the opposing candidate. [First half of 1600s]
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buy off

v.
To bribe someone in order to ensure cooperation: I didn't get a speeding ticket because I bought off the police officer. The mobster avoided jail by buying the judge off.
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Rogers was allowed to buy off the remaining three months of his sentence for a total of 1,200 euros (pounds 800).
Yet many of the teenagers, who buy off family and friends, think Ecstasy is more harmful than heroin.
Some will be paid to take land out of production and others to keep land in production -- in an effort to buy off both environmentalists and farm preservationists.
I know that a number of generals thought in 2006 that, rather than send a British brigade to Helmand, they should buy off people in the tribal areas.
17 (ANI): British forces stationed in Afghanistan have been issued new guidelines, asking them to buy off potential Taliban recruits with "bags of gold.
The family of a British holidaymaker, who died in a Greek hospital, has been told that the three doctors convicted of his manslaughter will be allowed to buy off any prison sentence and will carry on working.
Its ubiquitous presence in commercial establishments and in most foods we buy off the shelf is remarkable.
I see it as primarily an updated and expanded version of the spoils system: sending resources to prop up the base, reward friends, and buy off or neutralize opposition.
SO THE Labour Chancellor, Alistair Darling, has looked to buy off his core Labour vote with a pointless tax hike for the highest earners.
Do you encourage purchasers to buy off plan and what are the added benefits of doing this?
The result is that if you buy off plan, you stand to gain some significant capital appreciation when the property is ready.
Lobbyists might buy off politicians in Washington, but not here in California.
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.
The Americans found in Iraq that it's cheaper, in lives and cash, to buy off the insurgents.