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payoff

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noun pay·off \ˈpā-ˌȯf\

Definition of payoff

  1. 1a :  profit, rewardb :  retribution

  2. 2 :  the act or occasion of receiving money or material gain especially as compensation or as a bribe

  3. 3 :  the climax of an incident or enterprise; specifically :  the denouement of a narrative

  4. 4 :  a decisive fact or factor resolving a situation or bringing about a definitive conclusion

Examples of payoff in a sentence

  1. You'll have to work hard but there'll be a big payoff in the end.

  2. We expected more of a payoff for all our hard work.

  3. We made a lot of sacrifices with little payoff.

  4. Several city officials have been accused of receiving payoffs from the company.

  5. He lost his factory job but received a payoff and a pension.

1905

First Known Use of payoff

1905


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payoff

adjective pay·off

Definition of payoff

  1. :  yielding results in the final test :  decisive

1932

First Known Use of payoff

1932


PAYOFF Defined for English Language Learners

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payoff

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noun pay·off \ˈpā-ˌȯf\

Definition of payoff for English Language Learners

  • : a good result : the advantage or benefit that is gained from doing something

  • : something valuable (such as money) that you give to someone for doing something and especially for doing something illegal or dishonest

  • : money that a company gives to a worker who is being forced to leave a job


Law Dictionary

payoff

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noun pay·off \ˈpā-ˌȯf\

Legal Definition of payoff

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of paying someone off :  bribe — compare kickback

  2. 2 :  the act of paying a debt or creditor in full <would release the lien upon the payoff of the balance>



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