- 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.
- to requite.
Origin of payback
How to use payback in a sentence
Think back to the Bush-Kerry race of 2004, the Thrilla in Vanilla.
Back in New York, the slow pace and inward focus of her yoga practice was less fulfilling.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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The al Qaeda-linked gunmen shot back, but only managed to injure one officer before they were taken out.
So, Islamized teaching sends girls back home for marriage and housework, and remains exclusively for boys.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I waited three months more, in great impatience, then sent him back to the same post, to see if there might be a reply.The Boarded-Up House|Augusta Huiell Seaman
Ages back—let musty geologists tell us how long ago—'twas a lake, larger than the Lake of Geneva.
The boys were tumbling about, clinging to his legs, imploring that numerous things be brought back to them.
With a suffocating gasp, she fell back into the chair on which she sat, and covered her face with her hands.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
She was holding the back of her chair with one hand; her loose sleeve had slipped almost to the shoulder of her uplifted arm.
British Dictionary definitions for payback
- 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
Other Idioms and Phrases with payback
Repay a debt or a loan, as in I'll pay you back next month.
Also, pay back in someone's own coin. Revenge oneself, repay in kind, as in He thought he could get away with copying my plans, but I'll pay him back in his own coin. This expression refers to repaying a debt in exactly the same currency in which the money had been lent. [c. 1600]