Meaning of “buy off someone” in the English Dictionary

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"buy off someone" in American English

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buy off someone

phrasal verb with buy us /bɑɪ/ verb [ T ] past tense and past participle bought /bɔt/

to give someone money so that person will help you or let you do something that is not legal:

A well-known business executive had bought off government inspectors.

(Definition of “buy off someone” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)