EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BUY UP

But he was doin' his best to buy up good words from everybody.

Are you going to buy up salt or catsup for some Chinese company?'

For a cask of vodka you could buy up a whole village of them.

His relations tried to buy up the book, and nearly succeeded.

In a bland way, I resolved to buy up the decision of Mr. Scribe.

It was the psychological moment to buy up the outstanding stock.

But, in order to do so, he must buy up the shares of the other members of his family.

"I will buy up his debts and send him through the Court," Gessner said.

I go to that place and I buy up all the land I can in the neighborhood.

His orders are, that you set out for Arabia to buy up all the camels that are to be had.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English bycgan (past tense bohte) "to buy, pay for, acquire; redeem, ransom; procure; get done," from Proto-Germanic *bugjanan (cf. Old Saxon buggjan, Old Norse byggja, Gothic bugjan), of unknown origin, not found outside Germanic.

The surviving spelling is southwest England dialect; the word was generally pronounced in Old English and Middle English with a -dg- sound as "budge," or "bidge." Meaning "believe, accept as true" first recorded 1926. Related: Bought; buying. To buy time "prevent further deterioration but make no improvement" is attested from 1946.

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