pay off


pay off

verb

Definition of PAY OFF

transitive verb
1
a :  to pay (a debt or a creditor) in full
b :  to give all due wages to; especially :  to pay in full and discharge (an employee)
c :  bribe
2
:  to inflict retribution on
3
:  to allow (a thread or rope) to run off a spool or drum
intransitive verb
:  to yield returns

Examples of PAY OFF

  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

1607

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