pay dividends

idiom

: to directly benefit someone for something he or she has done
Our efforts are finally paying dividends.

Examples of pay dividends in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Protecting your beachfront property can be expensive—and sometimes that cost doesn’t really pay dividends. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2024 Water utilities with a poor financial and environmental record aren’t allowed to pay dividends, but those payments are Kemble’s only source of finance. Jessica Shankleman, Fortune Europe, 28 Mar. 2024 Regardless of your approach, researching your options and developing a plan well ahead of time will pay dividends. Joel Keylor, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 San Francisco’s defense held and Kansas City posted a three-and-out, but the decision to defer can still pay dividends if the Chiefs manage the clock in the second quarter to be the last team to score, and then get the ball to start the second half. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2024 Good deeds can pay dividends, often in pleasantly surprising ways. Julia Korn, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 That connection will pay dividends not only for businesses but also for workers. Ed Beltran, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 The rewards of that brief observation may pay dividends far beyond your back fence. Debbie Arrington, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 However, Ramaswamy's time and effort could pay dividends with a better-than-expected showing — say, 10 percent or higher. Geoffrey Skelley, ABC News, 14 Jan. 2024

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“Pay dividends.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pay%20dividends. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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