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pawn

noun uk   /pɔːn/  us   /pɑːn/

pawn noun (GAME PIECE)

[C] any one of the eight least valuable pieces in the game of chess [C] a person who does not have any real power but is used by others to achieve something: The refugees are pawns in an international political dispute.

pawn noun (MONEY)

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

pawn

verb [T] uk   /pɔːn/  us   /pɑːn/
to leave a possession with a pawnbroker in return for money, who can sell it if the money is not paid back within a certain time: Of all items pawned, jewellery is the most common.
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