pay·​out | \ ˈpā-ˌau̇t \

Definition of payout

: the act of paying out : payoff

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Authorities said there were no profits, and investors who asked for cash payouts were paid with money that came from new investors. Anne Geggis,, "Accused fraudster in custody after 4 years on the lam, report says," 5 July 2018 New tax laws can make corporate bonds attractive for higher interest-rate payouts. Bill Zimmerman,, "Stocks are down, bonds are up. Is it time to switch?," 22 June 2018 However, according to the Times, Southampton have sort of shot themselves in the foot by failing to add any Champions League related bonus payouts in any of their sales to Liverpool over the years., "Southampton Won't Be Owed a Penny if Former Saints Win Champions League With Liverpool," 24 May 2018 Billboard reached out to officials with Live Nation, who provided an explanation for the bonus payouts and clarified some accounting issues, but did not comment on the lawsuit. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Live Nation Shareholder Sues Over Executive Bonus Accounting," 24 May 2018 Those admissions and the history of complaints against Tyndall could put USC at risk for a sizable payout to the women suing the university, legal experts tell the Los Angeles Times. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Six Women Sue USC for Alleged Sexual Misconduct by Campus Gynecologist," 22 May 2018 Westport Enterprises sends out far fewer mailers and claims in court to have had only six winners from 2008 through 2016 for a total payout of $1,800. Mark Davis, kansascity, "The sweepstakes no one ever won: Feds finally target $100 million KC-based schemes | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018 Since then, a number of lawsuits have been filed by inmates claiming they were abused in the jail, including one that was settled in November for a payout of $100,000 and no admission of wrongdoing by the county. Sam Stanton, sacbee, "Charges against one deputy in Placer Jail abuse case dropped, attorney says | The Sacramento Bee," 19 Apr. 2018 Detroit People Mover spokeswoman Ericka Alexander told Michigan Capitol Confidential that that the reason for such high earnings was for overtime and leave-time payouts. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit People Mover workers tripled their salaries," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of payout

1943, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of payout

: a usually large amount of money that is given to someone

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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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