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Pawn, subst. 1) something given as a security, a pledge: Gent. I, 3, 47. II, 4, 91. Wint. IV, 4, 853. John V, 2, 141. R2 I, 1, 74. IV, 55. IV, 55 “to lay to p.:” Wiv. II, 2, 5. III, 1, 113. “to leave in p.:” Wint. IV, 4, 839.
2) a stake hazarded in a wager: “my life I held but as a p. to wage against thine enemies,” Lr. I, 1, 157.
3) the state of being pledged: “redeem from broking p. the blemished crown,” R2 II, 1, 293. “my honour is at p.” H4B II, 3, 7.
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