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[pey-bak] /ˈpeɪˌbæk/

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

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


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


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