There are 2 definitions of pay off in English:

pay off1

informal (Of a course of action) yield good results; succeed: all the hard work I had done over the summer paid off
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  • In some cases of course, it can pay off handsomely, if the company makes a decent recovery.
  • We can only hope that, in the long term, the gamble pays off.
  • When we invest ourselves in our children, it often pays off in surprising ways.
Synonyms
meet with success, be successful, succeed, be effective, work, get results, be profitable
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destructive to both sides in a conflict

There are 2 definitions of pay off in English:

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noun

informal
1A payment made to someone, especially as a bribe or on leaving a job: he left the company with an £800,000 pay-off
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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.
Synonyms
payment, payout, reward, recompense, consideration; bribe, inducement, ‘incentive’, enticement; North Americanpayola
British informal bung, dropsy
North American informal plugola, schmear
Australian informal sling
rare douceur, drop
1.1The return on investment or on a bet: the potential pay-off is enormous
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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.
Synonyms
return, return on investment, yield, payback, reward, profit, gain, income, revenue, interest, dividend, percentage
1.2A final outcome or result: the restructuring of the last few years was supposed to have a big pay-off
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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.
Synonyms
outcome, denouement, culmination, conclusion, development, result, consequence, out-turn, end result, upshot, aftermath
archaic success

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