pay|off

pay|off
pay|off «PAY F, -OF», noun, adjective.
–n.
1. the act of paying wages.
2. the time of such payment.
3. a) the returns, as from an enterprise or specific action; result: »

You will see the payoff immediately…without need for specially trained operators (Wall Street Journal). ... venturing from sixpence up in the football pools—and dreaming of payoffs as high as 300,000 pounds for predicting results (Maclean's).

b) Informal. the act of dividing the returns from some undertaking among those having an interest in it: »

the investigation of alleged payoffs by big Government contractors to officials (New York Times).

c) Slang. anything given or received in reward or punishment.
4. Slang. the climax (as of a story or situation): »

Brother, I've heard some dillies in my day, but that's the payoff (New Yorker).

SYNONYM(S): culmination.
–adj.
of or having to do with making payment.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • pay off — {v. phr.} 1. To pay the wages of. * /The men were paid off just before quitting time, the last day before the holiday./ 2. To pay and discharge from a job. * /When the building was completed he paid off the laborers./ 3. To hurt (someone) who has …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pay off — {v. phr.} 1. To pay the wages of. * /The men were paid off just before quitting time, the last day before the holiday./ 2. To pay and discharge from a job. * /When the building was completed he paid off the laborers./ 3. To hurt (someone) who has …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pay off — vt 1: to pay (a debt or credit) in full the loan was paid off 2: bribe Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • pay off — (something) to pay all of a debt. It took her six years to pay off her student loan. I guess I can afford a new car, but it s a lot of money and it s not easy to pay it off …   New idioms dictionary

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  • pay off — (someone) to give someone money illegally to get them to do what you want. The pair had paid off local police to protect their drug selling operation …   New idioms dictionary

  • pay-off — index commission (fee) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pay-off — ► NOUN informal 1) a payment, especially a bribe. 2) the return on investment or on a bet. 3) a final outcome …   English terms dictionary

  • pay off — verb 1. yield a profit or result (Freq. 4) His efforts finally paid off • Hypernyms: ↑yield, ↑pay, ↑bear • Verb Frames: Something s 2. eliminate by paying off ( …   Useful english dictionary

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