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      vb   , buys, buying, bought   mainly tr  
1    to acquire by paying or promising to pay a sum of money or the equivalent; purchase  
2    to be capable of purchasing  
money can't buy love     
3    to acquire by any exchange or sacrifice  
to buy time by equivocation     
4    intr   to act as a buyer  
5    to bribe or corrupt; hire by or as by bribery  
6    Slang   to accept as true, practical, etc.  
7    intr; foll by: into   to purchase shares of (a company)  
we bought into General Motors     
8    tr     (Theol)   (esp. of Christ) to ransom or redeem (a Christian or the soul of a Christian)  
9    have bought it  
Slang   to be killed  
10    a purchase (often in the phrases good or bad buy),   (See also)        buy in       buy into       buy off       buy out       buy up  
     (Old English bycgan; related to Old Norse byggja to let out, lend, Gothic bugjan to buy)  
The use of off after buy as in I bought this off my neighbour was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable in informal contexts  

bring-and-buy sale  
      n     (Brit. and N.Z.)   an informal sale, often conducted for charity, to which people bring items for sale and buy those that others have brought  
      n     (Commerce)   the repurchase by a company of some or all of its shares from an investor, who acquired them by putting venture capital into the company when it was formed  
buy in  
      vb   adv  
1    tr   to buy back for the owner (an item in an auction) at or below the reserve price  
2    intr   to purchase shares in a company  
3    intr   to buy goods or securities on the open market against a defaulting seller, charging this seller with any market differences  
4    tr     (Also)    buy into     (U.S.)  
informal   to pay money to secure a position or place for (someone, esp. oneself) in some organization, esp. a business or club  
5    to purchase (goods, etc.) in large quantities  
to buy in for the winter     
6    the purchase of a company by a manager or group who does not work for that company  
buy into  
      vb   intr, prep  
1    to agree with or accept as valid (an argument, theory, etc.)  
2      (Austral. and N.Z.)  
informal   to get involved in (an argument, fight, etc.)  
buy off  
      vb   tr, adv   to pay (a person or group) to drop a charge, end opposition, relinquish a claim, etc.  
buy out  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to purchase the ownership, controlling interest, shares, etc., of (a company, etc.)  
2    to gain the release of (a person) from the armed forces by payment of money  
3    to pay (a person) once and for all to give up (property, interest, etc.)  
4    the purchase of a company, esp. by its former management or staff  
   See also       leveraged buyout       management buyout  
buy up  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to purchase all, or all that is available, of (something)  
2      (Commerce)   to purchase a controlling interest in (a company, etc.), as by the acquisition of shares  
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1    acquire, get, invest in, obtain, pay for, procure, purchase, score     (slang)   shop for  
2      (often with)       off   bribe, corrupt, fix     (informal)   grease someone's palm     (slang)   square, suborn  
3    acquisition, bargain, deal, purchase  
,       vb  
1    auction, barter, retail, sell, vend  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

See also:

buy in, buy out, buy up, buy off

buy the farm v.
die ; kick the bucket ; bite the dust ; push up the daisies
[US];[Fam.];[Fig.] Ex.: They intended to buy a lovely house in North California but unfortunately they bought the farm in a plane crash last summer.

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buy one, get one free
It's a common form of sales promotion. This marketing technique is universally known in the marketing industry by the acronym BOGOF.
someone who re-posts a genuine online listing for a book at an inflated price on another website. If someone buys from the bookjacker, he buys the book from the original seller and provides him with the address of the customer. The bookjacker never sees or handles the book, but collects his margin.
[Bus.] Syn. dropshipper.
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