pay off
Verb

pay off

  1. (transitive, informal) To bribe, especially to deter oversight.
    I thought the guards would give us trouble, but apparently he had paid them off.
  2. (intransitive) To become worthwhile; to produce a net benefit.
    Her years of Spanish classes finally paid off when she found herself in Mexico and realized she could communicate with people.
  3. (transitive) To pay back; to repay.
    He paid off the loan three months early.
  4. (transitive) To pay back repay, pay off the entirety of a loan, thereby effecting the release of a lien on.
    This contract requires you to pay off the car by 2025.
  5. (nautical) To fall to leeward, as the head of a vessel under sail.
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