Definition of pay-off noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpeɪ ɒf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪ ɔːf//
    , NAmE//ˈpeɪ ɑːf//
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  1. 1a payment of money to somebody so that they will not cause you any trouble or to make them keep a secret synonym bribe The police are accused of receiving secret pay-offs from the drug barons. The government are investigating pay-offs to high-ranking officials.
  2. 2a payment of money to somebody to persuade them to leave their job The company is offering large pay-offs to anyone accepting voluntary redundancy.
  3. 3an advantage or a reward from something you have done

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