to buy off

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - buy off

"to buy off"

to pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor;

to bribe


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - buy off

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I hear you've been living in Mexico.

Friend 2:  Ya, I've been living there for about six years now.

Friend 1:  Any troubles?

Friend 2:  Well, I do get pulled over by the transit authority now and then for no reason at all.

Friend 1:  What happens?

Friend 2:  Well, you have a little chat and then simply buy them off with a little bribe and they send you on your way.

Friend 1:  No traffic or speeding ticket?

Friend 2:  No.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - buy off

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Have you got that budget projection for our Columbian expansion ready?

Colleague 2:  I believe so.

Colleague 1: Did you remember to include a line-item for bribes?

Colleague 2:  Pardon?

Colleague 1Buying off inspectors and government bureaucrats is simply the way business is done down there.  No project is going to move forward without it.  It's the only way to get the permits and documentation unless you want to wait five years or so.

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to buy off - Gerund Form:

Buying off corrupt officials gets business done in developing countries.

to buy off - Examples:

1)  "Big Oil" has so much money to buy off Congress... people. Wake Up!

2)  The plot itself was unlikeable as well. A father trying to buy off his young child's affection.

3)  ... but that's why we get the pharmaceutical companies and the AMA to buy off congress.

4)  Many commentators were taken aback at how CHEAP it was to buy off the typical TSA employee.

5)  ... the wealthy were allowed to plunder the treasury, buy off judges AND avoid taxation while the bulk of the populace paid and got no ...

6)  The cartel is known for buying off government and military officials.

7)  For years, the government of Quebec has been buying off their populous with the rest of Canada's money, by way of equalization ...

8)  Iraqis need to eat, and buying off insurgents worked. Well only up to a point - there was plenty of ...

9)  ... to be replaced by Commissars and bought politicians, not to mention buying off the bureaucrats at all levels to override whatever consciences these people may have had.

10)  Unpopular mullahs hold onto power by financing internal security services and buying off elites with oil money, which accounts for 70 per cent of government revenues ...

11)  The evil empire that makes sport of murders, buys off cops, journos, pollies.

12)  When still the homeless, jobless cry, when money shouts and lies and buys off just enough to vote, pass by the other side ...

13)  ... that is, Israel buys off Palestinian leaders and groups, and uses them to police the occupied territories and ...

14)  ... when he's needling or mocking people -- as in the library, when he buys off everyone in town for 200 bucks a month, cancels Bible Camp, and ...

15)  The lawyers and judges have been bought off.

16)  It is mostly the fault of greedy bankers who bought off corrupt politicians that allowed all the debt and bailouts to explode.

17)  ... of the courts to protect us from such perfidy, but the courts have been bought off as well.

18)  ... socialist universities now think they are going to get a free education so they were bought off cheaply.

19)  ... intellectually incapacitated to effectively deal with this burning sexual issue, or they have been bought off, threatened into silence, or fired from positions of public influence.

20)  ... of the drug companies these so called people who are on the committees are all bought off.