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buy-in

[bahy-in] /ˈbaɪˌɪn/
noun
1.
an act or instance of buying in.
2.
the deliberate submission of a false bid, too low to be met, in order to win a contract.
3.
Poker. the chips purchased by a player from the banker, occasionally a set amount required to enter a specific competition or game.
Origin
noun use of verb phrase buy in
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British Dictionary definitions for buy-in

buy in

verb (adverb)
1.
(transitive) to buy back for the owner (an item in an auction) at or below the reserve price
2.
(intransitive) to purchase shares in a company
3.
(intransitive) to buy goods or securities on the open market against a defaulting seller, charging this seller with any market differences
4.
(transitive) (US, informal) Also buy into. 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
noun
6.
the purchase of a company by a manager or group who does not work for that company
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Word Origin and History for buy-in
v.

verbal phrase, "to purchase a commission or stock," 1826, from buy (v.) + in (adv.). As a noun by 1970.

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Slang definitions & phrases for buy-in

buy-in

noun

Acceptance; acquiescence: Not everyone adheres to the strategy. They hedge. There's a lack of buy-in (1990s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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