Payback



[pey-bak] /ˈpeɪˌbæk/

noun
1.
the period of time required to recoup a capital investment.
2.
the return on an investment:
a payback of 15 percent tax-free.
3.
the act or fact of paying back; repayment.
4.
something done in retaliation:
a really vicious payback for years of being snubbed.
n.

also pay-back, 1946, “net return on profits from an investment,” from pay (v.) + back (adj.). Meaning “revenge” is attested from 1957.

noun

Revenge; retaliation: Payback is the idiom of East Africa, but the rule is that innocents always get hurt (1970+)

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