pay off


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pay off take vengeance on or get even "We'll get them!","That'll fix him good!","This time I got him"
    • v pay off do or give something to somebody in return "Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"
    • v pay off pay off (loans or promissory notes)
    • v pay off pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor
    • v pay off yield a profit or result "His efforts finally paid off"
    • v pay off eliminate by paying off (debts)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Just one in three consumers pays off his or her credit card bill every month.
    • Pay off to discharge: to take revenge upon: to requite:
    • Pay off (naut.) to fall away to leeward
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  • Wendell Parsons
    Wendell Parsons
    “You can get something done in a short time with fear, but in the long run it just doesn't pay off.”
  • Mary Ann Allison
    Mary Ann Allison
    “Hire the best. Pay them fairly. Communicate frequently. Provide challenges and rewards. Believe in them. Get out of their way and they'll knock your socks off.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. payer—L. pacāre, to appease; cf. pax, peace.


In literature:

The overseer proceeded to pay off the workpeople and, as it appeared, cheated them shamelessly.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
I borrowed a hundred off Mackreth in counters last night, and must pay him at dinner-time.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Then the paymaster and his assistants worked rapidly in paying off.
"The Young Engineers in Arizona" by H. Irving Hancock
I will pay off my debt some day, you make take your oath.
"Colonel Thorndyke's Secret" by G. A. Henty
If he put off the day of reckoning, when the time came he would pay handsomely.
"The Sturdy Oak" by Samuel Merwin, et al.
I've found the method to pay off all my debts, and you'll get your money!
"Life On The Mississippi, Part 4." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
This is a loan, mind, and you may pay me off as you get flush.
"By Sheer Pluck" by G. A. Henty
Only it's scarcely the way to pay off your debt; I say that for your sake, you know.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
Indeed, a longer period than that must elapse before I could expect, by the closest economy, to pay off the debts I had incurred.
"Jack in the Forecastle" by John Sherburne Sleeper
Her head soon payed off, and amid a cheer from the officers on deck the lugger swept round.
"With Moore at Corunna" by G. A. Henty
She's the loveliest girl in Lisbon, and with fortune to pay off all the mortgages in Connemara.
"Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Charles Lever
Kilgobbin would be his one day; but by that time would it be able to pay off the mortgages that were raised upon it?
"Lord Kilgobbin" by Charles Lever
However, Amadieu managed to slip off after paying Rosemonde twenty francs for a cigarette case, which was perhaps worth thirty sous.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
However, Amadieu managed to slip off after paying Rosemonde twenty francs for a cigarette case, which was perhaps worth thirty sous.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
I'll pay her off yet, before the evening is over.
"Hetty's Strange History" by Anonymous
We will pay him off one of these days.
"Calderon The Courtier A Tale" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The fat adventurer had finished paying off the driver, standing on the deck of the hansom.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
They won't pay off now.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
I am still trying to pay off obligations incurred before I lost my excellent son and daughter.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
John wants to pay off Hatszegi in his own coin.
"The Poor Plutocrats" by Maurus Jókai

In poetry:

They pay us off in London
And it's "O for a spell ashore!"
But again we ship for the Southern trip
In a week or hardly more
"Seafarer" by Anonymous Americas
He left, an aw crept off to bed,
Next day aw'd a visit throo Ike,
But aw shut up his maath when aw sed,
"Fine fowk tha knows pay when they like."
"To Let" by John Hartley
In every kiss of your sister's mouth,
In each tear from your mother's eyes,
You will pay the price of the days in the South
Where the far-off country lies.
"The Prodigal Son" by Edith Nesbit
In the middle of the floor in his cane bottomed chair
Is the boss of the board, with eyes everywhere;
Notes well each fleece as it comes to the screen,
Paying strict attention if it's taken off clean.
"Click Go The Shears, Boys" by Anonymous Oceania
One sword-knot stolen from the camp
Will pay for all the school expenses
Of any Kurrum Valley scamp
Who knows no word of moods and tenses,
But, being blessed with perfect sight,
Picks off our messmates left and right.
"Arithmetic on the Frontier" by Rudyard Kipling
And now sir what is your terms with me,
Before I carry off Violet Evesham from the village of Brenchley;
Well Grif, one thousand marks shall be the pay,
'Tis agreed then cried Grif, and you shall enjoy her without delay.
"Grif, of the Bloody Hand" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

A year into the job and Joe Sanchez says his team's hard work is starting to pay off.
Some chances don't pay off til season's end.
Will Plaza's much- publicized overhaul pay off.
A $6.3 million renovation at Raleigh's premier park is paying off for the city.
The Capital District Transportation Authority's efforts to restructure routes and offer such new services as BusPlus apparently are paying off.
A $315 investment in Safeco pays off.
Anti-DWI efforts seem to be paying off.
Phoning Slow Payers Pays Off.
Bristol Township The $14 million question: Who pays off Lower Bucks Hospital's loan.
Johnson's rare move pays off in Nationals' Game 1 NLDS win.
The teamwork is paying off.
Surfside Beach woman pays off car, other bills with $100,000 lottery win.
Patience pays off for Mulder.
But these same forces can work in your favor, once you start paying off your debt.
Heaps' move of Sene pays off.

In science:

All our jamming problems are formulated as zero-sum games, having the probability of outage as pay-off function and power control functions as strategies.
Jamming in Fixed-Rate Wireless Systems with Power Constraints - Part I: Fast Fading Channels
Steps (c) to (f ) were condensed considerably, but for finitely generated modular varieties with more or bigger subdirectly irreducibles these steps would presumably pay off.
Lattices freely generated by posets within a variety. Part II: Finitely generated varieties
This is where it starts to pay off to allow for the exploration to unfold in a partially revealed environment in Lemma 11.
Effect of scale on long-range random graphs and chromosomal inversions
We introduce the controlled process and write the DP equation for the pay-off function.
Controlled Continuous Time Random Walks and fractional Hamilton Jacobi Bellman equations
Note that if γi , i ∈ N were exponential ly distributed, i.e. β = 1, then this is a standard random walk and the DP equation for the optimal pay-off wil l be the HamiltonJacobi-Bel lman (HJB) equation with a classical time derivative d/dt.
Controlled Continuous Time Random Walks and fractional Hamilton Jacobi Bellman equations
Consider nonempty compact sets X ⊂ Rp , Y ⊂ Rq , an arbitrary nonempty set Z ⊂ Rd and a continuous pay-off function g : X × Y × Z → R.
Definable zero-sum stochastic games
This is the sort of lemma for which computer algebra really pays off.
The birth of the giant component
An outcome is said to belong to the core of a contract choice problem, if there is no subset of agents who could select a feasible pay-off and be better off.
Stable Outcomes For Contract Choice Problems
Given a CCP G = < X, (F(S))S∈[X]>, a coalition structure for G is a partition of X. A pay-off function is a function v : X → ℜ+.
Stable Outcomes For Contract Choice Problems
If v is a pay-off function and S∈[X], then v|S denotes the restriction of v to the set S. An outcome for a CCP G = < X, (F(S)S∈[X] > is a pair (f, v), where f is a coalition structure for G and v is a pay-off function such that (i) for all a∈X: v(a) ≥ 0; (ii) for all S∈f: v|S∈ F(S).
Stable Outcomes For Contract Choice Problems
Figure 1 shows that the commissioning efforts are paying off, and the detector is nearing the design sensitivity.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society
The game is multiplicative if the pay-off is proportional to capital, and Markov if the new capital and new position only depend on the previous state and the action taken then.
Optimal hedging of Derivatives with transaction costs
No one can yet predict the pay-off of these ToO programs between experiments that have yet seen no signal.
Rapporteur Summary of Sessions HE 2.2-2.4 and OG 2.5-2.7
This pays off if the number of possible outcomes is very large.
Introduction to Randomness and Statistics
Discrete time hedging errors for options with irregular pay-offs.
Fractional smoothness and applications in finance