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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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In a new bid to buy off enough rebels to secure victory, Education Secretary, Charles Clarke, was today promising a review of top up fees and their effect in 2009, three years after their introduction.
LIVERPOOL MP Louise Ellman has warned Consignia that they cannot buy off closure-threatened city sub-post offices.
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Major was forced to buy off rebel Tories and even risked the Northern Ireland peace process by trying to fix a last-minute deal with Ulster Unionists.
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As Blair's chief peace process "fixer", Powell has helped to buy off loyalist and republican paramilitaries alike.
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THE Government will not "buy off" any loyalist groups, Secretary of State Peter Hain pledged yesterday.
Warren Simson, 20, of Surbiton, Surrey, Jonathan Vickers, 18, of South Shields, and Lain Highland, 21, of Notts, were found guilty of indecent exposure and allowed to buy off the sentence for about pounds 400 each.
And they dismissed the offer of a pounds 49million lifeline for the Birmingham business as a possible attempt to buy off a future official inquiry.
Aslef president Dave Tyson denied an attempt to buy off Mr Brady - who is fighting his dismissal.
A Greek court convicted Thomas Rogers, 25, of Alloway, Ayr, of carrying out a sex attack on the woman, but allowed him to buy off the rest of his sentence.
BRITAIN and America will offer to buy off Russia's support for military action against Iraq, Tony Blair admitted last night.
So Leicester will have to buy off Collymore, whose bust-up with young team-mate Trevor Benjamin during a reserve game last week was the final straw for fed-up Taylor.