buy off

verb
bought off; buying off; buys off

Definition of buy off

transitive verb

1 : to induce to refrain (as from prosecution) by a payment or other consideration
2 : to free (as from military service) by payment

First Known Use of buy off

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Buy off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buy%20off. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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