payback - definition and synonyms

noun [singular/uncountable] 

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/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.

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  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.

  3.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    3
    get payback on someone to do something to somebody in return for harm they have done to you; to get revenge

    The Patriots aren’t talking, but the Week 4 loss and the way they played will be motivation enough to get payback on their AFC East rivals.

    Submitted by Jaroslav Ryník from Slovakia on 20/11/2016