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Definition of pawn noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a chess piece of the smallest size and least value. Each player has eight pawns at the start of a game. He had to sacrifice another pawn.
  2. 2a person or group whose actions are controlled by more powerful people The hostages are being used as political pawns.
  3. Idioms if something is in pawn, it has been pawned All her jewelry was in pawn.
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