payback - definition and synonyms

noun [singular/uncountable] 

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  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
    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