Definition of pay off phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


pay off

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(informal) (of a plan or an action, especially one that involves risk) to be successful and bring good results The gamble paid off.
  1. 1to pay somebody what they have earned and tell them to leave their job The crew were paid off as soon as the ship docked.
  2. 2(informal) to give somebody money to prevent them from doing something or talking about something illegal or dishonest that you have done All the witnesses had been paid off. related noun pay-off
to finish paying money owed for something We paid off our mortgage after fifteen years.

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