Yet, she is still very much a pawn in the system—her body is actively sold to the highest bidder.
They were getting more imaginative,” a pawn shop owner thinks of his addict customers in “Back of Beyond.
Then, she ends up being a pawn for her beauty, and living in a cold castle, very isolated from the rest of the world.
And the newspaper Tishrin accused Hitto of being a pawn of foreign powers, the choice of a “Turkish-Saudi-Qatari conspiracy.”
Cyrus knows that he went too far, but he did still use his husband as a pawn in his own schemes.
I bought it of a gentleman who came in just now, and would not pawn it.
Just as I was showing him a brooch I wished to pawn he went off.
It seemed a veritable betrayal of her mistress to disclose such a sordid matter as the search for a pawn ticket.
Each day Mary Makebelieve went to the pawn office with something.
The Honourable George had lost; so I, his pawn, must also submit like a dead sport.
"something left as security," late 15c. (mid-12c. as Anglo-Latin pandum), from Old French pan, pant "pledge, security," also "booty, plunder," perhaps from Frankish or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German pfant, German Pfand, Middle Dutch pant, Old Frisian pand "pledge"), from West Germanic *panda, of unknown origin.
The Old French word is identical to pan "cloth, piece of cloth," from Latin pannum (nominative pannus) "cloth, piece of cloth, garment" and Klein's sources feel this is the source of both the Old French and West Germanic words (perhaps on the notion of cloth used as a medium of exchange).
lowly chess piece, late 14c., from Anglo-French poun, Old French peon, earlier pehon, from Medieval Latin pedonem "foot soldier," from Late Latin pedonem (nominative pedo) "one going on foot," from Latin pes (genitive pedis) "foot" (see foot (n.)). The chess sense was in Old French by 13c. Figurative use, of persons, is from 1580s.
"to give (something) as security in exchange for," 1560s, from pawn (n.1). Related: Pawned; pawning.