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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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And let us not forget that when these highly paid administrators mess up, we buy them off by not only by paying out their contract, but by then giving them a consultant's job.
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.
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.
Big deal that they refuse to sit and heel until we buy them off with a treat.
I've had some people try and buy them off me but I only have enough for the advertising sites that I service.
There will be cries from unionists that the RUC is yet again being used as a political football to buy them off.