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noun [singular/uncountable] payback pronunciation in British English /ˈpeɪˌbæk/
  1. 1
    a result of doing something
    The no-smoking policy offers a payback of improved employee health.
    1. a.
      a bad or unpleasant thing that someone does to you after you have done something bad or unpleasant to them
      payback for: It’s simply payback for the way they defeated us.
      payback time: After last season’s defeat, the Lions are hoping that today is payback time.
  2. 2
    payment that you make to someone who has lent you money
    The longer the payback period, the more it costs you in the end.


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