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Noun: payoff  'pey,óf
  1. The final payment of a debt
    - final payment
     
  2. Payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment
    - bribe, bung [Brit], backhander [Brit], kickback
     
  3. The income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
    "the average payoff was about 5%";
    - return, issue, take, takings, proceeds, yield
     
  4. A recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing
    "the payoff of sin is death";
    - wages, reward
Verb: pay off  pey óf
  1. Yield a profit or result
    "His efforts finally paid off"
     
  2. Eliminate by paying off (debts)
    - liquidate
     
  3. Pay off (loans or promissory notes)
    - redeem
     
  4. Do or give something to somebody in return
    - pay, make up, compensate
     
  5. (crime) pay someone with influence in order to receive a favour
    - buy off
     
  6. Take vengeance on or get even
    - pay back, get, fix

Derived forms: pays off, paying off, payoffs, paid off

See also: pay

Type of: aftermath, ante up, bear, bribe, buy, consequence, corrupt, get back, get even, grease one's palms, income, pay, pay up, payment, settle, yield

Encyclopedia: Payoff