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buy off

To pay someone to coerce them into doing something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "buy" and "off." Don't worry, the doorman won't say anything—I bought him off. Her campaign for mayor will be ruined if the public learns how many people she's bought off over the years.
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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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He's been a fantastic servant to me and the yard and has kept me going since we bought him off Sir Mark Prescott.
Recalling how he became involved with 'Big Fella', Findlay explains: "Paul bought him off Tom Costello and I bought Herecomesthetruth off David Loder.
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Then Loadsamoney Den bought him off with pounds 200K from the robbery.
Churchill had agents contact Edward as he was being an embarrassment to the Royal Family and the government, so Churchill bought him off by offering him a couple of million pounds and the governorship of the Bahamas, and Edward accepted.
They bought him off me when he was only 18 and we always knew he would be one hell of a footballer.