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buy-in

[bahy-in]
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noun
  1. an act or instance of buying in.
  2. the deliberate submission of a false bid, too low to be met, in order to win a contract.
  3. Poker. the chips purchased by a player from the banker, occasionally a set amount required to enter a specific competition or game.
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Origin of buy-in

noun use of verb phrase buy in
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v.

verbal phrase, "to purchase a commission or stock," 1826, from buy (v.) + in (adv.). As a noun by 1970.

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