|—vb (foll by into) , buys, buying, bought|
|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.||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.||slang have bought it to be killed|
|10.||a purchase (often in the phrases good or bad buy)|
|usage 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|
Suffer a severe reversal, as in If they can't raise the money in time, they'll buy it. [Slang; 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.
Believe it; see buy something.