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Be had

be had

verb phrase

To become a partner in the sex act (1594+)
To be duped or cheated; be victimized: You practically need a finance degree to know that you are being had (1805+)

Be outwitted; also, be cheated, deceived. For example, This lawyer is a real shyster; you’ve been had, or I’ve become very cautious about these schemes; it’s too costly to be had more than once. This expression employs the verb to have in the sense of getting someone in one’s power or at a disadvantage. [ ; early 1800s ]
Be bribed or influenced by dishonest means. For example, Our senator’s incorruptible; he cannot be had. [ ; early 1800s ]


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