Origin of borrowing
- to take or obtain with the promise to return the same or an equivalent: Our neighbor borrowed my lawn mower.
- to use, appropriate, or introduce from another source or from a foreign source: to borrow an idea from the opposition; to borrow a word from French.
- Arithmetic. (in subtraction) to take from one denomination and add to the next lower.
- to borrow something: Don't borrow unless you intend to repay.
- to sail close to the wind; luff.
- to sail close to the shore.
- Golf. to putt on other than a direct line from the lie of the ball to the hole, to compensate for the incline or roll of the green.
- borrow trouble, to do something that is unnecessary and may cause future harm or inconvenience.
Origin of borrow
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Examples from the Web for borrowing
“He is borrowing my voice to tell you this story,” she told the crowd.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
Generally, the better the rating, the lower the borrowing cost for the issuer.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: November 9
November 10, 2014
Borrowing language from his father, Paul said he does not wear his religion “on my sleeve.”Is Rand Paul Christian Enough for the GOP?
August 2, 2014
Ravitch has said the borrowing would have been temporary and would have come in exchange for a more transparent budget.Powerbroker Richard Ravitch Thinks New York Might Be Doomed
April 26, 2014
In hopes of standing out amid the Easter crazy, some churches are borrowing themes from popular culture.Can’t Fill the House On Easter? Try Handing Out Gadgets
Matthew Paul Turner
April 20, 2014
He could scarcely chide her for borrowing, grotesque as the borrowing was.Cleo The Magnificent
It was the idea of borrowing the six months' back rent from him.L'Assommoir
I hope to prove that if any borrowing was done, it was done by Flagg.
You understand a man like that hasn't the ghost of a chance when it comes to borrowing clothes.Lord Jim
"Borrowing, Boyne—they used the word 'borrowed,'" Edwards put in.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
- to obtain or receive (something, such as money) on loan for temporary use, intending to give it, or something equivalent or identical, back to the lender
- to adopt (ideas, words, etc) from another source; appropriate
- not standard to lend
- golf to putt the ball uphill of the direct path to the hole
- (intr) golf (of a ball) to deviate from a straight path because of the slope of the ground
- golf a deviation of a ball from a straight path because of the slope of the grounda left borrow
- material dug from a borrow pit to provide fill at another
- living on borrowed time
- living an unexpected extension of life
- close to death
- George (Henry). 1803–81, English traveller and writer. His best-known works are the semiautobiographical novels of Gypsy life and language, Lavengro (1851) and its sequel The Romany Rye (1857)
Word Origin and History for borrowing
Old English borgian "to lend, be surety for," from Proto-Germanic *borg "pledge" (cf. Old English borg "pledge, security, bail, debt," Old Norse borga "to become bail for, guarantee," Middle Dutch borghen "to protect, guarantee," Old High German boragen "to beware of," German borgen "to borrow; to lend"), from PIE *bhergh- "to hide, protect" (see bury). Sense shifted in Old English to "borrow," apparently on the notion of collateral deposited as security for something borrowed. Related: Borrowed; borrowing.