verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to sail close to the wind; luff.
- to sail close to the shore.
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Idioms for borrow
Origin of borrow
OTHER WORDS FROM borrow
Words nearby borrow
Definition for borrow (2 of 2)
OTHER WORDS FROM BorrowBor·ro·vi·an [buh-roh-vee-uhn], /bəˈroʊ vi ən/, adjective, noun
How to use borrow in a sentence
They uncovered evidence that he had dipped into his clients’ insurance premiums for his own uses and borrowed money to keep his real estate business afloat.
This is not to single you out, “Navigating,” just borrowing you to make a larger point that’s been bugging me a lot lately.Carolyn Hax: What if your daughter and her BFF were really just BFs?|Carolyn Hax|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
This task was borrowed from an old experiment that asked lab subjects to turn little wooden pegs.
Mobile lending apps have become an easy source of credit for Kenyans who don’t have accounts with banks and other traditional financial institutions, or the regular income needed to borrow from such establishments.Kenya is preparing to crack down on a flood of high-interest loan apps|Carlos Mureithi|February 22, 2021|Quartz
Then again, the glory of American cuisine is the way it borrows from other cultures and comes up with something all its own.Fresh reasons to return to 1789, one of D.C.’s oldest restaurants|Tom Sietsema|February 19, 2021|Washington Post
To borrow an old right-wing talking point, these people are angry no matter what we do.
The rapid rise of the sharing economy is changing the way people around the world commute, shop, vacation, and borrow.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB?|Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I have coordinated with our foreign minister so we will borrow from other countries which have offered,” he said.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Much of what passes for political coverage these days is (to borrow a phrase) “bad Chucky.”
These marriages are “facts on the ground,” to borrow a phrase from the conflict in the Middle East.
At the reserve bank they may borrow as a standing right and not as a favor which may be cut off.
Germany invests money abroad, but she seems to borrow as much, and more, in the discount markets of London and Paris.
"I can't borrow money—I can't—I don't know how to do it," said Brammel peevishly.
The human species,” Charles Lamb says, “is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow and the men who lend.
I may record here that each of my assistants has since, to borrow an Americanism, “made good.”
British Dictionary definitions for borrow (1 of 2)
- living an unexpected extension of life
- close to death
Derived forms of borrowborrower, noun
Word Origin for borrow
usage for borrow
British Dictionary definitions for borrow (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with borrow
In addition to the idiom beginning with borrow
- borrow trouble
- beg, borrow, or steal
- on borrowed time