payback time


: a time for punishment for something that was done in the past
You've ruined my life, and now it's payback time.

Examples of payback time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The midge provides food when the mosquito needs it, in exchange for a payback time that never comes. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Temperatures should rise to near 80. Sunday: Sunday will be payback time. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2023 Manufacturing and logistics must adopt robots to survive: FACT Although total cost of ownership is a popular yardstick used for purchasing capital equipment, payback time is more commonly used for automating basic (typically arduous) worker tasks. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Aug. 2014

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“Payback time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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