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English definition of “pawn”

pawn

noun     /pɔːn/
[C] a person or organization that does not have any real power , but is used by others to achieve something: a pawn in sth The federal jury rejected the company's defense that they were an unwitting pawn in the scheme to sell confidential documents .
in pawn left with a pawnbroker (= someone who lends money in exchange for valuable possessions): If a pawn shop loans $50 on a gold necklace , they might charge $5 to keep the necklace in pawn for each month .
out of pawn no longer with a pawnbroker (= someone who lends money in exchange for valuable possessions): She had pawned the ring , and couldn't get it out of pawn until the Saturday .
(Definition of pawn noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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