[bor-oh, bawr-oh]
George, 1803–81, English traveler, writer, and student of languages, especially Romany.

Borrovian [buh-roh-vee-uhn] , adjective, noun Unabridged
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borrow (ˈbɒrəʊ)
1.  to obtain or receive (something, such as money) on loan for temporary use, intending to give it, or something equivalent or identical, back to the lender
2.  to adopt (ideas, words, etc) from another source; appropriate
3.  not standard to lend
4.  golf to putt the ball uphill of the direct path to the hole
5.  (intr) golf (of a ball) to deviate from a straight path because of the slope of the ground
6.  golf a deviation of a ball from a straight path because of the slope of the ground: a left borrow
7.  material dug from a borrow pit to provide fill at another
8.  living on borrowed time
 a.  living an unexpected extension of life
 b.  close to death
[Old English borgian; related to Old High German borgēn to take heed, give security]
usage  The use of off after borrow was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable in informal contexts

Borrow (ˈbɒrəʊ)
George (Henry). 1803--81, English traveller and writer. His best-known works are the semiautobiographical novels of Gypsy life and language, Lavengro (1851) and its sequel The Romany Rye (1857)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. borgian "to lend, be surety for," from P.Gmc. *borg "pledge," from PIE *bhergh- "to hide, protect" (see bury). Sense shifted in O.E. to "borrow," apparently on the notion of collateral deposited as security for something borrowed. Cf. O.E. borg "pledge, security, bail,
debt," O.N. borga "to become bail for, guarantee," M.Du. borghen "to protect, guarantee," O.H.G. boragen "to beware of," Ger. borgen "to borrow; to lend."
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Bible Dictionary

Borrow definition

The Israelites "borrowed" from the Egyptians (Ex. 12:35, R.V., "asked") in accordance with a divine command (3:22; 11:2). But the word (sha'al) so rendered here means simply and always to "request" or "demand." The Hebrew had another word which is properly translated "borrow" in Deut. 28:12; Ps. 37:21. It was well known that the parting was final. The Egyptians were so anxious to get the Israelites away out of their land that "they let them have what they asked" (Ex. 12:36, R.V.), or literally "made them to ask," urged them to take whatever they desired and depart. (See LOAN.)

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