Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The return on an investment.
  • noun The discharge of a debt or obligation.
  • noun The benefit gained as the result of a previous action.
  • noun The climax of a narrative or sequence of events.
  • noun An amount paid to a plaintiff to settle a lawsuit out of court.
  • noun A bribe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun profit or gain from an action; -- used broadly.
  • noun retribution, payback.
  • noun The act of giving or receiving money or other valuable consideration as a bribe.
  • noun The money or item given as a bribe.
  • noun same as compensation 2.
  • noun The climax or final result of an event or endeavor; the denoument of a narrative.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of pay-off.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor
  • verb pay off (loans or promissory notes)
  • verb take vengeance on or get even
  • verb yield a profit or result
  • verb do or give something to somebody in return
  • verb eliminate by paying off (debts)
  • noun the final payment of a debt
  • noun payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment
  • noun a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing
  • noun the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property

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Examples

  • Sure there's a little risk involved, but the payoff is being able to produce a unique bottle of wine -- not to mention becoming pioneers for those varietals on the Niagara Wine Trail.

    Niagara Escarpment Wines

  • Sure there's a little risk involved, but the payoff is being able to produce a unique bottle of wine -- not to mention becoming pioneers for those varietals on the Niagara Wine Trail.

    Bryan Calandrelli

  • It was necessary to continue the program and now it appears, the payoff is at hand.

    Jim Bob Moffett Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is

  • Sure there's a little risk involved, but the payoff is being able to produce a unique bottle of wine -- not to mention becoming pioneers for those varietals on the Niagara Wine Trail.

    Diversity in the Vineyards of Niagara, USA

  • Sure there's a little risk involved, but the payoff is being able to produce a unique bottle of wine -- not to mention becoming pioneers for those varietals on the Niagara Wine Trail.

    LENNDEVOURS:

  • Take risks to see more and know more — the payoff is your own freedom.

    June « 2008 « Bill Ayers

  • Take risks to see more and know more — the payoff is your own freedom.

    Commencement Address, June 2008

  • The former will prompt you to provide quite a bit of detail about your hardware; the payoff is an "xorg. conf" that's extremely well-commented (i.e. the purpose of each section is explained).

    Archive 2007-07-08

  • The former will prompt you to provide quite a bit of detail about your hardware; the payoff is an "xorg. conf" that's extremely well-commented (i.e. the purpose of each section is explained).

    Don't even consider Linux!

  • The developers don't care: their payoff is the upcoming hight/density zoning restrictions that will be lifted in SLU and Northgate.

    Sound Politics: Liberal Democrat from Seattle Speaks Wisdom

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