Examples of payback in a Sentence
They beat our team last year, so we've got to beat them this year as payback.
we are hoping to get payback for the humiliating defeat we suffered at the hands of our rivals during our last matchup
Recent Examples of payback from the Web
The Russian government ordered the U.S. to reduce its diplomatic staff in the country by 755, or nearly two-thirds, as payback for new sanctions passed by Congress.
The additional financial sanctions, which U.S. lawmakers sought as payback for Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential election, received almost unanimous, veto-proof support from both houses of Congress last week.
Under the deal to settle a class action lawsuit, the paybacks will equal half of whatever people paid for the tickets, and those who qualify will be notified in the mail in the next few months.
Simpson's lawyer, Yale Galanter, was concerned the jurors might be tempted to be harsher in their decision making, as a kind of payback for the not guilty verdict in Simpson's criminal murder trial.
Many believe the harsh sentence in this case was payback for another crime -- the double murder in 1994 for which he was found not guilty.
After serving him a meal made of his sons, Arya slit his throat as payback for the Red Wedding.
The flip side is that support from social media could result in payback of a kind beyond potential compensation for damages.
Even without a bankruptcy filing, one option for the city could be to renegotiate the payback terms of Hartford's outstanding debt.
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First Known Use of payback
Synonymsrevenge, reprisal, requital, retaliation, retribution, vengeance
Related Wordscounter, counterattack, counteroffensive; castigation, chastisement, correction; desert (s), discipline, nemesis, penalty, punishment, wrath; amends, compensation, indemnification, indemnity, quittance, recompense, recoupment, redress, remuneration, reparation (s), restitution
Near Antonymsclemency, grace, leniency, lenity, mercy; forgiveness, pardon, remission
PAYBACK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of payback for English Language Learners
: punishment for something that was done in the past
: an amount of money that you receive after investing in something and that is equal to or greater than the amount of money that you originally invested
: the amount of time that passes before invested money is returned or before money that is owed is paid
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