[ pey-out ]
/ ˈpeɪˌaʊt /
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an act or instance of paying, expending, or disbursing.
money paid, expended, or disbursed, as a dividend or winning: He went to the betting window to collect his payout.
verb phrase pay out [pey-out] /ˈpeɪ ˈaʊt/ .
  1. to distribute (money, wages, etc.); disburse.
  2. to get revenge upon for an injury; requite.
  3. to let out (a rope) by slackening.
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Origin of payout

First recorded in 1900–05; noun use of verb phrase pay out
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British Dictionary definitions for payout

pay out

verb (adverb)
to distribute (money); disburse
(tr) to release (a rope) gradually, hand over hand
(tr) to retaliate against
noun payout
a sum of money paid out
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Other Idioms and Phrases with payout

pay out


Distribute money, disburse, as in He paid out the full amount. [Mid-1800s]


Let out a rope by slackening, as in She paid out the rope until it was long enough to tie the canoe onto the car. This nautical expression dates from the late 1700s.

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