[ bahy-awf, -of ]
/ ˈbaɪˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
an act or instance of buying off; payment or bribe: The increased retirement benefit was a buyoff for employees who wanted salary increases.
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Origin of buyoff
noun use of verb phrase buy off
Words nearby buyoff
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British Dictionary definitions for buyoff
(tr, adverb) to pay (a person or group) to drop a charge, end opposition, relinquish a claim, etc
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Idioms and Phrases with buyoff
Pay to get rid of a claim or opposition, or to avoid prosecution, as in He was caught trying to buy off the opposing candidate. [First half of 1600s]
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