Definition of pay off
1a : to pay (a debt or a creditor) in fullb : 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
: to yield returns
Examples of pay off in a sentence
I finally paid off the loan.
she paid off the security guard so that she could steal whatever she liked
First Known Use of pay off
Legal Definition of pay off
1 : to pay (a debt or credit) in full the loan was paid off
2 : bribe
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