One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To ransom (a prisoner), to buy out of slavery; to buy out of (a state of sin) through the purchase of indulgences; to get rid of by buying. Compare to buy out.
2with object To outdo in buying, buy more than. Formerly also: †to pay more for (something) than it is worth (obsolete).
Middle English. From out- + buy.
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