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buy (sense 2 (i) is obs.)
1. “buy and sell,” barter, traffic with, in a bad sense H8 I. i. 192 “Does and sell his honour” ; so “bought and sold,” betrayed Err. III. i. 72, John V. iv. 10, R3 V. iii. 306 “Dickon thy master is bought and sold.”
2. “buy out,” (i) ransom, redeem Err. I. ii. 5 “not being able to buy out his life” ; (ii) get rid of by a money payment John III. i. 164 “the curse that money may buy out,” 1H4 IV. ii. 24 “bought out their services” (= paid money to be released from service in the army), Ham. III. iii. 60 “Buys out the law.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 3.3
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 5.4
    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 1.2
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    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 4.2
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