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    Question meaning of buy off

    He bought the newspaper off by placing a lot of adverts.


    What is the meaning of this sentence?

    Could you explain me?

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    Re: meaning of buy off

    I dunt know exactly what "buy off" means but from the situation in the sentence, I just guess that he is trying to sell newspapers in whatever ways he can come up, in other words, he takes every chance to sell his newspapers . And from the sentene, the way he chose is placing many adverts to attract people.

    Hope this help ya.


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    Re: meaning of buy off

    Quote Originally Posted by Damnit View Post
    I dunt know exactly what "buy off" means but from the situation in the sentence, I just guess that he is trying to sell newspapers in whatever ways he can come up, in other words, he takes every chance to sell his newspapers . And from the sentene, the way he chose is placing many adverts to attract people.

    Hope this help ya.
    Thank you,
    But I don't think your explanation is right.

    Here is the buy off meaning :
    Buy off ------- (Pay someone to stop them causing trouble)

    Now please explain me the following sentence. (I couldn't understand)
    He bought the newspaper off by placing a lot of adverts.

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    Re: meaning of buy off

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you,
    But I don't think your explanation is right.

    Here is the buy off meaning :
    Buy off ------- (Pay someone to stop them causing trouble)

    Now please explain me the following sentence. (I couldn't understand)
    He bought the newspaper off by placing a lot of adverts.
    The newspaper wanted some recompense for something he had done or not done; or perhaps it was harassing him or his family. In order to placate the newspaper [make them happy/keep them quiet], he became a regular customer by placing a lot of advertisements - so the principal reason for the ads was not selling his goods/services but buying off the newspaper.

    b

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