You'll have to work hard but there'll be a big payoff in the end.
We expected more of a payoff for all our hard work.
We made a lot of sacrifices with little payoff.
Several city officials have been accused of receiving payoffs from the company.
He lost his factory job but received a payoff and a pension. Verb
I finally paid off the loan.
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My mortgage payoff story: My husband and I paid off the house in the spring of 2023 thanks to making extra payments and taking advantage of a mortgage recast.—Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2023 But while Jones and Foxx have a predictably winning odd-couple rapport (their bonding over a classic R&B song sets up a beaut of a payoff), the movie happily has something more interesting in mind than an obvious comic clash of cultures and generations.—Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2023 There’s unexpected and indirect payoff between the Rescuer and Persecutor, too.—Neha Sangwan, Fortune Well, 26 Sep. 2023 Psyche is not scheduled to enter orbit about its target asteroid until August 2029, which feels like a painfully long time to wait for a payoff.—Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 30 Oct. 2023 Those are the shortcuts this speedy focaccia recipe allows, but the payoff is a chewy, airy round with a crispy crust and a nice (but not overpowering) olive oil flavor.—Matt Brooks, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2023 Before the Great Depression, much shorter-term loans were the standard—usually five- or six-year payoff periods and balloon payments (which required you to pay off the full balance at the end of the term).—Aly J. Yale, wsj.com, 26 Oct. 2023 Having tried and failed to resuscitate the 2015 nuclear deal with its elaborate web of restrictions and oversight of Iran’s nuclear program, Washington embraced a Plan B of payoffs and informal understandings.—Suzanne Maloney, Foreign Affairs, 10 Oct. 2023 The Folklore sequence is equally powerful — these are songs originally made and heard in the isolation of quarantine, so the stage pageantry has a big emotional payoff.—Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 2023
The agreements helped fulfill the White House’s goal for the meeting — prove to voters that Biden’s dedication to personal diplomacy is paying off.—Chris Megerian, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 My mortgage payoff story: My husband and I paid off the house in the spring of 2023 thanks to making extra payments and taking advantage of a mortgage recast.—Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2023 The strategy has already paid off in West Virginia.—Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023 In this week’s memo, the DNC points out their focus on Virginia did indeed pay off.—Gary Grumbach, NBC News, 9 Nov. 2023 California Renting your home as a film location may pay off big time.—Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2023 Its efficiency efforts paid off, as Pepsi hiked its earnings guidance in 2014 and 2015.—Kristin Broughton, WSJ, 6 Nov. 2023 This past quarter, Narasimhan said, was a testament that the company’s efforts to rebuild that relationship were paying off.—Paolo Confino, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2023 But the competition is stiff and there is no sure-fire metric to guarantee that following the path pays off.—Tom Roland, Billboard, 1 Nov. 2023 See More
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