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
And what if Trinidad and Tobago (already eliminated) exacts some cosmic payback from the U.S. on Tuesday by eliminating the U.S. from World Cup 2018?
After North Carolina voters placed Republicans in power in 2010, lawmakers began redrawing the political landscape, turning the Old North State into Exhibit A for a national rise of hyper-partisanship and political payback.
The Hawks got their payback Oct. 20 by beating Pleasant Hill 28-26.
Legislators were afraid of ridicule or payback from male legislative leaders, or of jeopardizing relationships with lobbyists.
Might this be payback for the Republican refusal to even consider President Obama’s nomination of mainstream (and universally respected) Judge Merrick Garland?
There have been the predictable warning from NASCAR poohbahs about payback, but that may be a futile plea in a sport that traditionally been fueled by the bump-and-run revenge narrative.
NOTABLE East Ascension got a bit of payback from a year ago, as St. Charles defeated the Spartans 20-0 in 2016.
Many other people characterized it as payback for his acquittal in the Los Angeles murder case.
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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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