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  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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 …

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  • 4 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 …

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  • 5 pay-off — s.m.inv. ES ingl. 1. TS pubbl. frase finale di un annuncio o di un comunicato pubblicitario che riassume ed evidenzia il messaggio di vendita del prodotto 2. TS econ. risultato economico di un operazione 3. TS sport obiettivo che si intende… …

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  • 6 pay off — ► pay off 1) dismiss with a final payment. 2) informal yield good results. Main Entry: ↑pay …

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  • 7 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… …

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  • 8 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 …

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

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

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  • 11 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 ( …

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  • 12 pay off — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you pay off a debt, you give someone all the money that you owe them. [V P n (not pron)] It would take him the rest of his life to pay off that loan. [Also V n P] 2) PHRASAL VERB If you pay off someone, you give them the amount …

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  • 13 pay off — phrasal verb Word forms pay off : present tense I/you/we/they pay off he/she/it pays off present participle paying off past tense paid off past participle paid off 1) [intransitive] if something that you do pays off, it brings you some benefit… …

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  • 14 pay off — I. pay all that you owe, pay the balance    I want to pay off my loan now pay the whole balance. II. reward you, give you what you want    Studying pays off. You get higher grades. III. reward, profit    We invested in property, hoping for a pay… …

    English idioms

  • 15 pay off — UK US pay off Phrasal Verb with pay({{}}/peɪ/ verb (paid, paid) ► [I] INFORMAL if something you have done pays off, it is successful: »American carriers are hoping that the new service to China will pay off …

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  • 16 pay off — 1) he was busted for trying to pay off a cop Syn: bribe, suborn, buy (off); informal grease someone s palm 2) she paid off the car loan in less than a year Syn: pay (in full), settle, discharge, clear, liquidate 3) his hard work paid …

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  • 17 pay off — /ˌpeɪ ɒf/ verb 1. to finish paying money which is owed for something ● He won the lottery and paid off his mortgage. ● She is trying to pay off the loan by monthly instalments. 2. to terminate somebody’s employment and pay all wages that are due… …

    Dictionary of banking and finance

  • 18 pay off — phr verb Pay off is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑effort, ↑gamble, ↑move, ↑perseverance, ↑persistence, ↑tactic Pay off is used with these nouns as the object: ↑account, ↑arrears, ↑cab, ↑creditor, ↑ …

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  • 19 pay-off — /ˈpeɪ ɒf/ (say pay of) noun 1. the final settlement of a salary, bet, bribe, or debt. 2. the time when such a payment is made. 3. a settlement as in retribution: *Was it a pay off, a recompense, or did he feel guilty about me? Did such men ever… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 pay·off — /ˈpeıˌɑːf/ noun, pl offs 1 : a good result : the advantage or benefit that is gained from doing something [count] You ll have to work hard but there ll be a big/large payoff in the end. We expected more of a payoff for all our hard work. What s… …

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