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 for In pawn
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              As for mortgaging or pawning, . . . men will not
              take pawns without use [i. e., interest]. --Bacon.
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     2. State of being pledged; a pledge for the fulfillment of a
        promise. [R.]
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              Redeem from broking pawn the blemish'd crown.
                                                    --Shak.
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              As the morning dew is a pawn of the evening fatness.
                                                    --Donne.
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     3. A stake hazarded in a wager. [Poetic]
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              My life I never held but as a pawn
              To wage against thy enemies.          --Shak.
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     In pawn, At pawn, in the state of being pledged. "Sweet
        wife, my honor is at pawn." --Shak.
  
     Pawn shop, a shop where a pawnbroker does business.
  
     Pawn ticket, a receipt given by the pawnbroker for an
        article pledged.
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