One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a course of action) yield good results; succeed.‘all the hard work I had done over the summer paid off’
meet with success, be successful, succeed, be effective, work, get results, be profitableView synonyms
- ‘Translating this complex novel for the stage is an ambitious undertaking, but it pays off richly.’
- ‘They have shown in the last few months that hard work in training pays off.’
- ‘Refreshing your brain can sometimes be a little hard, but in the long run it always pays off.’
- ‘Sometimes, all that fiddling with computers at home pays off extravagantly.’
- ‘Secondly, and crucially, we get the reward when the gamble pays off.’
- ‘He's given me the courage to go out into the world knowing that being beautiful inside sometimes pays off.’
- ‘We can only hope that, in the long term, the gamble pays off.’
- ‘When we invest ourselves in our children, it often pays off in surprising ways.’
- ‘I guess listening in class pays off, even if you don't read the million and one readings.’
- ‘In some cases of course, it can pay off handsomely, if the company makes a decent recovery.’
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