a pawn: the smallest piece in the game of chess; a person who does not have any real power but is used by others to achieve something noun
to pawn (something): to temporarily "sell" an item to a shop, with the option of buying it back quickly verb
We had to pawn my grandfather's watch in order to pay this month's rent. Hopefully we will have enough money to buy the watch back soon.
a pawn shop a shop where you can temporarily "sell" items

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