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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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Or as comedian David Schneider tweeted: "If this Government thinks they can buy us off with a penny off beer then I'll have a pint of bitter, please.
The SPL were looking to buy us off for pounds 1m so that's a good starting point.
Few Welsh people will be surprised of course, as it was the Tories under Margaret Thatcher who after promising in their manifesto to back the channel then did a U-turn and tried to buy us off with a few more Welsh programmes on BBC Wales
Turnbow disputes that assertion, saying PeaceHealth "tried to buy us off cheaply.
They can't throw a donation our way and assume that's going to buy us off .
People around the Catholic Worker house said, "He's just trying to buy us off.
Then we started forming a union so now they're trying to buy us off.
We would flatly oppose any attempt to buy us off - we are investing in the future with our new stadium and we are ambitious to play in the Premiership.
Furious Tartan Army fans last night blasted a message to FIFA: You can't buy us off with peanuts.