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- v. To buy off; ransom; redeem (from sin, hell, etc.).
- v. To stone for; gain over; bribe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To buy off; ransom; redeem.
From Middle English *forbyen, forbiggen, forbuggen, equivalent to for- + buy. (Wiktionary)
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