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Example sentences from the Web for payback
The payback scene at the end of the new season was really hard to watch.Inside 'Sons of Anarchy's' Final Season: Creator Kurt Sutter on the Most Brutal Season Yet|Annaliza Savage|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The payback was swift and the re-alignment was total: a Solid South, but this time, Republican.The South Has Indeed Risen Again and It’s Called the Tea Party|Jack Schwartz|December 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If a Republican wins the presidency in 2016, the payback from Democrats will be vicious.Obama Really Seems to Be Looking Forward to the End of His Presidency|Dean Obeidallah|December 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Drive 20,000 miles per year at $4.00 a gallon, and the payback period is shorter—2.5 years.
Payback against those accused of practicing sorcery is a deep-set custom in some parts of the ethnically diverse nation.
British Dictionary definitions for payback
verb (tr, adverb)
- 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
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]