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to take or obtain with the promise to return the same or an equivalent:
Our neighbor borrowed my lawn mower.
to use, appropriate, or introduce from another source or from a foreign source:
to borrow an idea from the opposition; to borrow a word from French.
Arithmetic. (in subtraction) to take from one denomination and add to the next lower.
to borrow something:
Don’t borrow unless you intend to repay.

to sail close to the wind; luff.
to sail close to the shore.

Golf. to putt on other than a direct line from the lie of the ball to the hole, to compensate for the incline or roll of the green.
borrow trouble, to do something that is unnecessary and may cause future harm or inconvenience.
Contemporary Examples

A Famed Private Equity Guru on How Long the Pain Will Last Greg Manning October 20, 2008
Debt and Taxes Megan McArdle November 13, 2012
Government Shutdown Could Slow Housing Recovery CNBC September 30, 2013
What the GOP Doesn’t Understand About the Debt Daniel Gross September 25, 2013
Why Is Larry Summers Signing Up With Lending Club? Matthew Zeitlin December 13, 2012

Historical Examples

Sudden Jim Clarence Budington Kelland
Folkways William Graham Sumner
If You’re Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
Usury Calvin Elliott
The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.

to obtain or receive (something, such as money) on loan for temporary use, intending to give it, or something equivalent or identical, back to the lender
to adopt (ideas, words, etc) from another source; appropriate
(not standard) to lend
(golf) to putt the ball uphill of the direct path to the hole
(intransitive) (golf) (of a ball) to deviate from a straight path because of the slope of the ground
(golf) a deviation of a ball from a straight path because of the slope of the ground: a left borrow
material dug from a borrow pit to provide fill at another
living on borrowed time

living an unexpected extension of life
close to death

George (Henry). 1803–81, English traveller and writer. His best-known works are the semiautobiographical novels of Gypsy life and language, Lavengro (1851) and its sequel The Romany Rye (1857)

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