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noun [countable]     pawn pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a person who is being used by someone who is more powerful to help them achieve a goal
    pawn in:

    We are just pawns in her ambitious plans.

  2. 2
    one of the eight small pieces that each player has in a game of chess
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