pay for itself

Definition of pay for itself

:to save as much money over a period of time as something costs initially
  • windows that pay for themselves within five years by saving on heating costs

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : to engage for money : hire

  3. : to give in return for goods or service

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

  2. : the act or fact of paying or being paid

  3. : the status of being paid by an employer : employ

  1. : containing or leading to something precious or valuable

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

  3. : requiring payment

  1. : to coat with a waterproof composition

itself play
  1. : that identical one — compare it 1

  2. : its normal, healthy, or sane condition


you get what you pay for

Definition of you get what you pay for

used to say that a thing that can be bought for a very low price probably isn't very good
  • "That cheap camera I bought is broken already." "Well, you get what you pay for."

Word by Word Definitions

you play
  1. : the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

  2. : one

get play
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. : a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

what play
  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter

  2. often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood

  3. : who

  1. : why

  2. : in what respect : how

  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter

  2. : how remarkable or striking for good or bad qualities

  3. : whatever

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

  2. : to engage for money : hire

  3. : to give in return for goods or service

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

  2. : the act or fact of paying or being paid

  3. : the status of being paid by an employer : employ

  1. : containing or leading to something precious or valuable

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

  3. : requiring payment

  1. : to coat with a waterproof composition


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