from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To detach by a consideration given; as, to buy off one from a party.
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The pics were obviously the surveillance shots Ed Satterlee was trying to buy off a rival clearance group; another scope and he noticed every photo was marked SLDC, with ‘43 and ‘44 dates tagged at the bottom, the pictures arranged chronologically, probably waiting for some artwork: circling the faces of known Commies.
Lorraine, the inheritance of the wife, and through her of the grandson, of Réné of Anjou, had been seized by Charles of Burgundy, who offered to buy off his claim; but young Réné, the true heir, leagued with the Swiss, and Charles suffered at their hands a terrible defeat at Granson in 1476.
Since most cars are manufactured to order, there is no expanse of finished vehicles to buy off the lot and no sixty-or seventy-day stock of cars running up interest costs.
St. Clare was goodnatured and self-indulgent, and sought to buy off with presents and flatteries; and when Marie became mother to a beautiful daughter, he really felt awakened, for a time, to something like tenderness.