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I heard an expression:

その◯◯が二両のかたに預けてあるのは、彼は知りません。

The intended meaning was "he did not know that ◯◯ has been pawned for 2 ryō". Not a pawn-shop, but given as a collateral to a person who lends money.

I searched all dictionaries I had in hand specifically for a meaning that would fit the case and could not find any.

Did I miss anything in dictionaries or did I just mishear? Is there such a phrase? If so, what would be the etymology, ie. which one of 方, 形, 片, ... would it be and why?

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It is (mortgage).

2 (形)証拠に残すしるし。保証のしるし。抵当。「カメラを借金の―に置く」

http://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/jn/41603/meaning/m0u/%E5%BD%A2/

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