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Sunday, March 31, 2013

impawn

\im-PAWN\ , verb;
1.
to put in pawn; pledge.
Quotes:
Go to the king; and let there be impawn'd Some surety for a safe return again
-- William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, 1591
A wise man will never impawn his future being and action, and decide beforehand what he shall do in a given extreme event.
-- Elizabeth P. Peabody, Aesthetic Papers, 2005
And yet, God knows, I dare and I will boldly impawn his temper, that he dares meet and cooperate until we are assayed and proven.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1838
Origin:
Impawn entered English in the late 1500s from the Old French pan meaning "pledge" or "security."
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