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Example sentences from the Web for payoff
Critics accused Foster of giving Duke a payoff to stay out of the race; that was never proven.
If we enter with science and respect, the payoff will last generations.
He wants “more than a handout, a payoff, hush money, or a reluctant bribe.”America Is Coming to Terms with Its Racial Past—Let’s Look Ahead Instead|John McWhorter|May 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sentence is dictated by statute and therefore the defendant gets next to no payoff for his guilty plea.
But, they more than payoff as a chance to see classic, clever sketch comedy in its earliest days of television.
After weeks of neglecting his tip sheet to study catatonia, he felt close to the payoff.At the Post|Horace Leonard Gold
Suppose the Elsinore had persisted in her refusal to payoff?The Mutiny of the Elsinore|Jack London
De Quille had not missed the opportunity of his comrade's absence to payoff some old scores.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
And the duke went away, promising to payoff the gentlemen for their interruption.Chicot the Jester|Alexandre Dumas, Pere
"Now it's all over but the payoff," thought Jerry, waiting for Mr. Bartlett to make out the grocery slip.Jerry's Charge Account|Hazel Hutchins Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for payoff
Idioms and Phrases with payoff
Pay the full amount on a debt or on wages, as in The car's finally paid off, or Les pays off the workers every Friday evening. [Early 1700s]
Produce a profit, as in That gamble did not pay off. [Mid-1900s]
Also, pay off an old score. Get revenge on someone for some grievance, require, as in Jerry was satisfied; he'd paid off his ex-partner when he bought him out at half-price, or Amy went out with her roommate's boyfriend, but she was paying off and old score.
Bribe, as in The owner of the bar paid off the local police so he wouldn't get in trouble for serving liquor to minors. [Colloquial; c. 1900]