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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
"Here is sufficient to buy them off twice over," he said, handing a portion of it to Turan.
She asks for a hundred pounds, and endeavors to buy them off. They come in spite of it, and when the husband mentions casually to the wife that there a new-comers in the cottage, she knows in some way that they are her pursuers.
"One stroke of your pen will buy them off," said Desroches, leaving him.
People will be waiting months for pre orders (like last year) while others walk into stores and buy them off the shelf.
Attackers can make the drugs with a simple chemistry set or buy them off the internet.
For EUR30 you can buy them off the web on thongsdirect.com.
"The Mexican government has always had economic and political relations with indigenous people to try to buy them off and to divide and confuse people at a community level."
"I've had some people try and buy them off me but I only have enough for the advertising sites that I service."