pay (someone) back

Definition of pay (someone) back

  1. 1 :  to give (someone) the amount of money that one borrowed I lent him money and he never paid me back. I have to pay back my sister for that loan.

  2. 2 :  to punish or hurt (someone who did something bad to one) I wanted to pay him back for all the pain he caused me. He's finally getting paid back for all the trouble he caused.

  3. 3 :  to do something good for (someone who did something good for one) How can I pay you back for all your help?

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to make due return to for services rendered or property delivered

    :  to engage for money :  hire

    :  to give in return for goods or service

  1. :  something paid for a purpose and especially as a salary or wage :  remuneration

    :  the act or fact of paying or being paid

    :  the status of being paid by an employer :  employ

  1. :  containing or leading to something precious or valuable

    :  equipped with a coin slot for receiving a fee for use

    :  requiring payment

  1. :  to coat with a waterproof composition

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

backplay
  1. :  the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine

    :  the body considered as the wearer of clothes

    :  capacity for labor, effort, or endurance

  1. :  to, toward, or at the rear

    :  in or into the past :  backward in time

    :  ago

  1. :  being at or in the back

    :  distant from a central or main area

    :  articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage :  formed deep within the mouth

  1. :  to support by material or moral assistance

    :  substantiate

    :  to assume financial responsibility for


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