buy off

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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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Pointing to hill farmer Billy Renwick, from Blackhouse, in the Borders, John said: "I bought one off Billy two years ago for PS90,000 and last year, I sold PS120,000 of lambs off that and kept the best one.
Myself, my sister and my daughter and my two nieces all bought one off the internet and the funeral director kindly agreed to put the ashes in all of them.
McCoy added: "JP has also just bought one off Aidan O'Brien, Carriganog.
I've actually bought one off ebay that's even more amazing, it's cerise, dark purple, turquoise and black.
Once I had the idea I had to find a boat - I eventually bought one off eBay, but it took ages to find the right type.
The Beltex was recommended to us by a neighbour about 10 years ago and we bought one off him, then we went to Carlisle and bought another lamb which turned out to be a cracking ram, '' said Mr Williams.
He has bought Flat horses to convert, claimed horses in mid-steeplechase career, scoured the sales ring in Britain, and even bought one off the internet.
The reply came: "I've just bought one off the fat man and it's sound.