Definition of payoff in English:


Syllabification: pay·off
Pronunciation: /ˈpāˌôf


  • 1A payment made to someone, especially as a bribe or reward, or on leaving a job: widespread rumors of payoffs and kickbacks in the party
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    • Are the pay-offs and bribes more important than these boys or putting an end to such nonsense?
    • Board members come and go with huge pay-offs and bonuses no matter how successful.
    • But, in the absence of unlikely impeachment procedures, a substantial pay-off appears to be the only real option open to the Government to encourage the judge to resign.
    payment, payout, reward; bribe, inducement, incentive, payola
    informal kickback, sweetener
  • 1.1The return on an investment or a bet.
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    • Thus, the pay-off on investment was high where there was an expanding labour force with which more capital could be put to work.
    • The Democrats' strategy also holds a potential pay-off for another reason.
    • The more sets a player completes, the higher the potential pay-off if they win.
    return (on investment), yield, payback, profit, gain, dividend
  • 1.2A final outcome; a conclusion: it gave them the idea for the payoff of last night’s episode
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    • What will be broadcast this weekend is one of his favourites from a year or two back, with an updated introduction and a final pay-off.
    • Which is a shame, because the final pay-off is worthwhile, and despite all the frustrations I did enjoy it.
    • Working towards daily bliss, a little at a time, can have big pay-offs in terms of lasting beauty that stems from deep within you.
    outcome, denouement, culmination, conclusion, development, result

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