I heard an expression:


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」


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