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Definition of Pawn


  1. See Pan, the masticatory.
  2. A man or piece of the lowest rank.
  3. Anything delivered or deposited as security, as for the payment of money borrowed, or of a debt; a pledge. See Pledge, n., 1.
  4. State of being pledged; a pledge for the fulfillment of a promise.
  5. A stake hazarded in a wager.
  6. To give or deposit in pledge, or as security for the payment of money borrowed; to put in pawn; to pledge; as, to pawn one's watch.
  7. To pledge for the fulfillment of a promise; to stake; to risk; to wager; to hazard.

Pawn Quotations

I felt ashamed for what I had done. I don't have any excuses. I did what I did. I take full responsibility for myself and my actions. I wouldn't pawn this off on anybody. I'm sorry it happened. And I hurt people.
Louie Anderson

It is not in the interest of the German people or in the interest of world peace that Germany should become a pawn or a partner in a military struggle for power between the East and the West.
James F. Byrnes

When you label so much of what happens to you as 'bad,' it reinforces the feeling that you are a powerless pawn at the mercy of outside forces over which you have no control. And - this is key - labeling something a bad thing almost guarantees that you'll experience it as such.
Srikumar Rao

Humanity I love you because when you're hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink.
e. e. cummings

The male is always the pawn in a romantic comedy. Come together, break up, go chase her, get her, roll credits. That's what happens in all of them.
Matthew McConaughey
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Pawn Translations

pawn in Afrikaans is soldaat
pawn in Danish is soldat
pawn in Dutch is pion
pawn in French is soldat, engager, nantissement, pion
pawn in German is Bauer
pawn in Italian is contadino, deposito
pawn in Latin is pignus
pawn in Norwegian is soldat
pawn in Portuguese is penhor
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