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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PAWN

The young man had no comprehension of the fact that he was only a pawn in the game.

I gave the man all my spare clothes in pawn, and walked away from his house.

Thus it is: My castle and my lands are in pawn for a debt that I owe.

The Honourable George had lost; so I, his pawn, must also submit like a dead sport.

You don't think me nice enough, do you, now that you've made me pawn all my dresses?

He sent me this morning to pawn my shawl and my chemises to pay for that cab.

Later she let things go altogether, selling her pawn tickets for cash.

Eight or ten minutes pass: he takes a pawn; she utters a little pooh!

"I have the pawn tickets for my own clothes," said Dade, in a low tone.

Now, the locksmith never could have so much money, and he had no valuables to pawn.

WORD ORIGIN

"something left as security," late 15c. (mid-12c. as Anglo-Latin pandum), from Old French pan, pant "pledge, security," also "booty, plunder," perhaps from Frankish or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German pfant, German Pfand, Middle Dutch pant, Old Frisian pand "pledge"), from West Germanic *panda, of unknown origin.

The Old French word is identical to pan "cloth, piece of cloth," from Latin pannum (nominative pannus) "cloth, piece of cloth, garment" and Klein's sources feel this is the source of both the Old French and West Germanic words (perhaps on the notion of cloth used as a medium of exchange).

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