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A cash surplus generated by the sale of one block of securities and the purchase of another, e.g., selling a block of bonds at 99 and buying another block at 95. Also, a bid made to a seller of a security that is designed (and generally agreed) to take the seller out of the market.


1. Informal; to borrow.

2. Extra cash that an investor derives when he/she sells a position and then buys a similar position for a lower price.

3. To make a bid for the entirety of a security that a seller owns.

4. Informal for a merger or acquisition. The term comes from another informal term, "in play," which refers to a company either soliciting offers for a buy-out or vulnerable to a hostile takeover. A takeout means that the company involved as been "taken out of play."
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FISH and chips is not only the classic British take-away food but also one of our most popular traditional national foods.
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Minnelli carried on drinking in secret, according to Gest, and in London, ordered her driver to get her two bottles of vodka while he thought they were out getting take-away food.
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Many of them may well already do that, so it is in their interests to tackle the perception that take-away food is unhealthy.
The site, which also has other facilities including a bar and restaurant, shop, amusements and take-away food bar, has 216 holiday homes and can accommodate 180 tents.
She added: "I used to love having take-away food, especially Chinese.
The four men's only motive was that they had been told not to bring take-away food into the Crown pub in Liverpool's Lime Street.
IF you're the type of person who lives on take-away food and ready-made meals, fear not, help is at hand.
One way to cut down on the debt you build up this Christmas is to make a note of your usual weekly treats such as cigarettes, wine and take-away food.
Plans include more litter bins, encouraging more recycling and checks on take-away food premises by environmental health officers.