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pawn

verb [T]  /pɔn/ us  

pawn verb [T] (TRADE FOR MONEY)

to leave a possession with someone in order to borrow money from that person, with the understanding that if you do not pay it back within the agreed time, the person can keep your possession and sell it

pawn

noun [C]  /pɔn/ us  

pawn noun [C] (GAME PIECE)

any of the eight least valuable pieces in the game of chess A pawn is also a person who is controlled by others and used for their own advantage: She felt she had been used as a political pawn.
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