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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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He has two means of extricating me from this dilemma, -- the one by a mysterious escape, managed through bribery; the other by buying off my judges with gold.
Buying off plan may also allow the investor to buy at current prices and benefit from any upward movements in the market while also getting a stepped payment plan.
Buying a house is an emotional experience and we wanted to give buyers as much information as possible, particularly when they were buying off plan.
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They're buying off plan because they're keen to purchase a particular house type or at a particular development - not in the false hope that by the time the property is finished it'll be worth a great deal more than they paid and they'll be able to sell at a great profit.
Those buying off plan have the unique opportunity to stamp their own personal design preferences onto their new home.
Buying off plan isn't for everyone: those who want the top plot with stunning views may find buying off plan is the best way to secure this.
And Gerald said that buying off plan definitely had its advantages.
Stressed out middle-class businessman Tom (Steven Mackintosh - looks like John Simm but with narrower eyes) wants to sort out some of his stresses with a handgun, which he's buying off crack addict D (Ashley Waters - fella from So Solid Crew who went on to make the powerful Bullet Boy).
Buying off plan also gives the buyer ample time to sell an existing property or to save more towards their deposit.
He'll spend a night buying off the bootleggers at a show and then find them again on a subsequent night with a court injunction.
If you're buying off the shelf, try to avoid juices with artificial ingredients and anything less than 100 percent juice.
Through a variety of tactics, the feds are forcing or buying off our silence and cooperation--offering jobs in intelligence agencies and the army, knocking on doors for "voluntary interviews," making lists from mosque memberships, and lining up people for registration and internment.
Buying off old communists has been an expensive proposition for the Russian people, but paying the ransom to avert a bloodbath was a wise and noble choice.
Canvas Systems subscribes to the philosophy of building long-term relationships with Lessors, rather than just buying off lease hardware," said John Murphy, Asset Valuation manager at Canvas Systems.