verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to sail close to the wind; luff.
- to sail close to the shore.
- borrelia burgdorferi,
- borromini, francesco,
- borrow pit,
- borrow trouble,
- borrowed time,
- borrower's card
Origin of borrow
Examples from the Web for borrow
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.
Foiled for the time being in his constructive policy, Borrow turned his attention to one of destruction.The Life of George Borrow|Herbert Jenkins
So often I borrow trouble and cannot use it, when the peace that I possess is all that I need.Leaves of Life|Margaret Bird Steinmetz
I do hope she doesnt chew gum, or want fish-nets up, or like to borrow.The Girl from the Big Horn Country|Mary Ellen Chase
I resolved on a desperate measure: to borrow fifteen roubles straight off from Anton Antonitch.White Nights and Other Stories|Fyodor Dostoevsky
One of his daughters, enveloped in a sheepskin coat, was sent to a neighbor's house to borrow a hat.The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories|Leo Tolstoi
- living an unexpected extension of life
- close to death
Word Origin for borrow
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with borrow
- borrow trouble
- beg, borrow, or steal
- on borrowed time