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pay off


Definition of pay off

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to pay (a debt or a creditor) in full

  3. b :  to give all due wages to; especially :  to pay in full and discharge (an employee)

  4. c :  bribe

  5. 2 :  to inflict retribution on

  6. 3 :  to allow (a thread or rope) to run off a spool or drum

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to yield returns

Examples of pay off in a sentence

  1. <I finally paid off the loan.>

  2. <she paid off the security guard so that she could steal whatever she liked>


First Known Use of pay off


Rhymes with pay off

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Law Dictionary

pay off

transitive verb

Legal Definition of pay off

  1. 1 :  to pay (a debt or credit) in full <the loan was paid off>

  2. 2 :  bribe

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