buy off - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive] informal
present tense
I/you/we/theybuy off
he/she/itbuys off
present participlebuying off
past tensebought off
past participlebought off
  1. 1
    same as buy1 (sense 2)

    Efforts to buy her off have failed.

  2. 2
    to pay someone to stop threatening you or blackmailing you
See also main entry: buy