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"pawn" in British English

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pawnnoun

uk   /pɔːn/  us   /pɑːn/
  • pawn noun (GAME PIECE)

[C] any one of the eight least ​valuablepieces in the ​game of chess
[C] a ​person who does not have any ​realpower but is used by ​others to ​achieve something: The ​refugees are pawns in an ​internationalpoliticaldispute.
  • pawn noun (MONEY)

in pawn
left with a ​pawnbroker: She had to put her ​ring in pawn to ​pay the ​bills.

pawnverb [T]

uk   /pɔːn/  us   /pɑːn/
to ​leave a ​possession with a ​pawnbroker, who gives you ​money for it and can ​sell it if the ​money is not ​paid back within a ​certaintime: Of all ​items pawned, ​jewellery is the most ​common.
(Definition of pawn from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pawn" in American English

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pawnverb [T]

 us   /pɔn/
  • pawn verb [T] (TRADE FOR MONEY)

to ​leave a ​possession with someone in ​order to ​borrowmoney from that ​person, with the ​understanding that if you do not ​pay it back within the ​agreedtime, the ​person can ​keepyourpossession and ​sell it

pawnnoun [C]

 us   /pɔn/
  • pawn noun [C] (GAME PIECE)

any of the eight least ​valuablepieces 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.
(Definition of pawn from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pawn" in Business English

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pawnverb [T]

uk   us   /pɔːn/
to ​leave a ​valuablepossession with a pawnbroker (= someone who ​lendsmoney in ​exchange for possessions): Under the ​law, the ​owner of an ​automobile may pawn it to ​secure a ​loan up to $2,500.

pawnnoun

uk   us   /pɔːn/
[C] a ​person or ​organization that does not have any ​realpower, but is used by others to ​achieve something: a pawn in sth The ​federaljuryrejected the company's ​defense that they were an unwitting pawn in the ​scheme to ​sellconfidentialdocuments.
in pawn
left with a pawnbroker (= someone who ​lendsmoney in ​exchange for ​valuable possessions): If a pawn ​shoploans $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 ​lendsmoney in ​exchange for ​valuable possessions): She had pawned the ​ring, and couldn't get it out of pawn until the Saturday.
(Definition of pawn from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“pawn” in British English

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