bought and paid for

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English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bought and paid for

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see bought,‎ paid for.
  2. Corrupted by money from special interests; bribed.
    • 2000, Thomas Hollyday, Slave Graves:
      Frank you are bought and paid for. Bought and paid for. You are here to do what I say when I say it.
    • 2000, Philip Shabecoff, Earth Rising: American Environmentalism in the 21st Century:
      Just like bought-and-paid-for politicians and bought-and-paid-for media, bought-and-paid-for scientists are an instrument of corporate power.
    • 2003, Tony Hillerman, The Sinister Pig, →ISBN, page 291-202:
      If we let this woman out of here, even if she's totally bought and paid for, how the hell can you ever rest easy again.

Verb[edit]

bought and paid for

  1. simple past tense and past participle of buy and pay for