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at pawn Explained

At pawn at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Pawn \Pawn\, n. [OF. pan pledge, assurance, skirt, piece, F. pan
skirt, lappet, piece, from L. pannus. See {Pane}.]
1. Anything delivered or deposited as security, as for the
payment of money borrowed, or of a debt; a pledge. See
{Pledge}, n., 1.

As for mortgaging or pawning, . . . men will not
take pawns without use [i. e., interest]. --Bacon.

2. State of being pledged; a pledge for the fulfillment of a
promise. [R.]

Redeem from broking pawn the blemish'd crown.

As the morning dew is a pawn of the evening fatness.

3. A stake hazarded in a wager. [Poetic]

My life I never held but as a pawn To wage against
thy enemies. --Shak.

{In pawn}, {At pawn}, in the state of being pledged. ``Sweet
wife, my honor is at pawn.'' --Shak.

{Pawn ticket}, a receipt given by the pawnbroker for an
article pledged.

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