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slang To believe or accept something as true or feasible without question or investigation. I can't believe the boss bought my excuse for missing work yesterday. A: "I keep telling you, the cats knocked over your vase!" B: "Yeah, I'm not buying it."
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buy something (from someone) (for something)

to purchase something from someone at a particular price, or for a particular type of payment, such as for cash, for practically nothing, etc. I bought the car from Mark for a reasonable price. I bought it for a reasonable price from Mark.

buy something

Fig. to believe something someone says; to accept something to be a fact. It may be true, but I don't buy it. I just don't buy the idea that you can swim that far.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


see under buy.
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.


1. n. a purchase. Man, this is a great buy.
2. tv. to believe something. It sounds good to me, but will your wife buy it?
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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But others buy things they can't afford with money they don't have.
Gerdau made most of its foreign acquisitions as it approached a 50% share of the long-products market in Brazil and had little available to buy domestically.
Rather than lobby or regulate to stop such activities as mining of minerals and drilling for oil, governments, nonprofit groups, and other organizations have started to buy land--or mineral rights to land--to stop the activities from starting at all.
Some of A.B.A.S.I.'s initial buys were Citigroup (NYSE: C), General Electric (NYSE: GE), Sovereign Bank (NYSE: SOV), and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT).
In general, insider trading occurs when a person has "material, nonpublic information" about a security or its issuer and buys or sells that security.
Eze, a former economics professor who has been in the book business for 10 years, buys at tradeshows like CIROBE and the Spring Book Show, as well as in London and Germany, sometimes reselling to other stores like Rodgers'.
For concurrent buys to occur under an FMS case the EMS customer must approve and fund the spares when the LOA is signed and the "production install" buying process begins.
That means this very frugal family, which still buys most of its clothing, toys and household goods used, has a six-figure income.
"For instance, a hospital buys a three-person family practice group.
The more typical arrangement is a redemption, in which the corporation buys the stock from the shareholder's estate at a price determined by the buy-sell documents.
One is that since the general public no longer buys much stock, the big institutions compete against themselves and can't possibly beat each other at the same game.
As the federal purchasing agent, it buys everything from cars to computers to paper supplies in bulk at deep discounts for federal agencies.
Then, when an insider buys or sells shares, he or she is required to file a document called a Form 4 with the SEC.