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      vb   tr  
1    to deposit (an article) as security for the repayment of a loan, esp. from a pawnbroker  
2    to stake  
to pawn one's honour     
      n  
3    an article deposited as security  
4    the condition of being so deposited (esp. in the phrase in pawn)  
5    a person or thing that is held as a security, esp. a hostage  
6    the act of pawning  
     (C15: from Old French pan security, from Latin pannus cloth, apparently because clothing was often left as a surety; compare Middle Flemish paen pawn, German Pfand pledge)  
  pawnage      n  
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pawn          [2]  
      n  
1    a chessman of the lowest theoretical value, limited to forward moves of one square at a time with the option of two squares on its initial move: it captures with a diagonal move only,   (Abbrev.)    P      Compare       piece       12  
2    a person, group, etc., manipulated by another  
     (C14: from Anglo-Norman poun, from Old French pehon, from Medieval Latin pedo infantryman, from Latin pes foot)  

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pawn         

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      vb   deposit, gage     (archaic)   hazard, hock     (informal, chiefly U.S.)   mortgage, pledge, pop     (informal)   stake, wager  
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      n   assurance, bond, collateral, gage, guarantee, guaranty, pledge, security  

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pawn          [2]  
      n   cat's-paw, creature, dupe, instrument, plaything, puppet, stooge     (slang)   tool, toy  

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