payoff - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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/ˈpeɪˌɒf/
singularpayoff
pluralpayoffs
  1. 1
    a payment that you make to someone as part of an agreement so that they do not cause trouble for you

    His ex-wife pocketed a £20 million payoff after 26 years of marriage.

    1. a.
      a payment that you make to someone so that they will do something bad or dishonest for you
    2. b.
      a payment that you make to someone so that they will not do something that will cause you problems, especially by telling people about something bad that you have done
  2. 2
    a final payment that you make to someone when they stop working for you

    He got a big cash payoff.

  3. 3
    the benefit that you get from doing something

    Until now the payoff of these reforms has not been seen.