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pawn1 British & World English

A chess piece of the smallest size and value, that moves one square forwards along its file if unobstructed (or two on the first move), or one square diagonally forwards when making a capture. Each player begins with eight pawns on the second rank, and can promote a pawn to become any other piece (typically a queen) if it reaches the opponent’s end of the board

pawn2 British & World English

Deposit (an object) with a pawnbroker as security for money lent

pawn1 English Thesaurus

he pawned his watch to buy some clothes

pawn2 English Thesaurus

she was a pawn in the battle for the throne

in pawn British & World English

(Of an object) held as security by a pawnbroker

king's pawn British & World English

The pawn occupying the square immediately in front of each player’s king at the start of a game

passed pawn British & World English

A pawn that no enemy pawn can stop from queening

pawn ticket British & World English

A ticket issued by a pawnbroker in exchange for an article pawned, bearing particulars of the loan

queen's pawn British & World English

The pawn occupying the square immediately in front of each player’s queen at the start of a game

pawn someone/thing off British & World English

Pass off someone or something unwanted

in pawn in pawn2 British & World English

(Of an object) held as security by a pawnbroker

pawn someone/thing off in pawn2 British & World English

Pass off someone or something unwanted

pawnshop British & World English

A pawnbroker’s shop