the period of time required to recoup a capital investment.
the return on an investment: This fund yields a payback of 15 percent tax-free.
the act or fact of paying back; repayment.
something done in retaliation: Excluding them from her wedding was a vicious payback for years of being snubbed.
to repay or return; pay off: Graduates from this program are successfully paying back their student loans.
to retaliate against or punish: She paid us back by refusing the invitation.
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How to use payback in a sentence
Politics is too expensive, and a new president has people to pay back.
As college tuition rises faster than inflation, the class of 2014 will have an average of $33,000 in student loans to pay back.The Way to Tackle College Debt Is to Take on Tuition Inflation | Kristen Soltis Anderson | May 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“He expects to pay back every loan … to make it whole,” Simon insists.Former Navy Officer Bryan Caisse Is Accused of Defrauding Friends and Classmates | Michael Daly | January 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I planned to be in it for one year, pay back my student debt, and walk away without ever looking back.
Sure, Tesla is making money and just managed to pay back its government loan.
His first book sells so well that in six months he is able to pay back all the money he stole and have something left over.Seeing Things at Night | Heywood Broun
This surplus should be yours, and I would also agree to pay back the sum used by me from my first earnings after graduation.Ruth Hall | Fanny Fern
If you want to quit now, Captain Candage, go ahead, and I'll mortgage my future to pay back what you have risked.Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
They were the written promises of the king, to pay back money lent to him by London merchants, when he was carrying on the war.The Book of Fables and Folk Stories | Horace E. Scudder
The young son has assured me that the family intends to pay back all the creditors, and I am trying not to worry.Molly Brown's Sophomore Days | Nell Speed
British Dictionary definitions for pay back
to retaliate against: to pay someone back for an insult
to give or do (something equivalent) in return for a favour, insult, etc
to repay (a loan)
the return on an investment
Also called: payback period the time taken for a project to cover its outlay
something done in order to gain revenge
(as modifier): payback killings
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Other Idioms and Phrases with payback
Repay a debt or a loan, as in I'll pay you back next month.
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