before 1000;Middle Englishbyen, variant of byggen, buggen,Old Englishbycgan; cognate with Old Saxonbuggjan,Gothicbugjan to buy, Old Norsebyggja to lend, rent
nonbuying, adjective, noun
prebuy, verb (used with object), prebought, prebuying.
rebuy, verb, rebought, rebuying.
Can be confused
buy, by, bye (see synonym study at the current entry)
1. Buy, purchase imply obtaining or acquiring property or goods for a price. Buy is the common and informal word, applying to any such transaction: to buy a house, vegetables at the market. Purchase is more formal and may connote buying on a larger scale, in a finer store, and the like: to purchase a year's supplies.
O.E. bycgan (pt. bohte) from P.Gmc. *bugjanan (cf. O.S. buggjan, Goth. bugjan), of unknown origin, not found outside Gmc. The surviving spelling is southwest England dialect; the word was generally pronounced in O.E. and M.E. with a -dg- sound as "budge," or "bidge." Meaning "believe, accept as true" first recorded 1926.
To die, esp to be killed in battle or otherwise; buy the farm: He had a feeling he wouldn't cop it that day/ The guy who buys it does it off camera(WWI British forces)
To believe; accept as true: These guys bought the myth and now it's costing them dearly/ I buy it. What you told me is between us
To agree to; acquiesce in: If that's the plan, I'll buy it(1920s+)
To do; effectuate: She pointed her gun at me. I said, ''What are you trying to buy with that?''(1940s+)
To hire; engage: He bought him a lawyer and filed suit(1650s+)
(also buy off) To induce by money; bribe: He tried to buy a couple of jury members(1650s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D. Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers. Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with buy it
Suffer a severe reversal, as in If they can't raise the money in time, they'll buy it.
[ ; mid-1900s
Be killed; die. For example, By the time we could get to the hospital, he had bought it. Originating during World War I as military slang, this term later was extended to peacetime forms of death. A later slang equivalent is
buy the farm, dating from about 1950. For example, He'll soon buy the farm riding that motorcycle. According to J.E. Lighter, it alludes to training flights crashing in a farmer's field, causing the farmer to sue the government for damages sufficient to pay off the farm's mortgage. Since the pilot usually died in such a crash, he in effect bought the farm with his life.