Definition of pay off in English:

pay off

phrasal verb

informal
  • (of a course of action) yield good results; succeed.

    ‘all the hard work I had done over the summer paid off’
    • ‘They have shown in the last few months that hard work in training pays off.’
    • ‘He's given me the courage to go out into the world knowing that being beautiful inside sometimes pays off.’
    • ‘When we invest ourselves in our children, it often pays off in surprising ways.’
    • ‘Secondly, and crucially, we get the reward when the gamble pays off.’
    • ‘Translating this complex novel for the stage is an ambitious undertaking, but it pays off richly.’
    • ‘In some cases of course, it can pay off handsomely, if the company makes a decent recovery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We can only hope that, in the long term, the gamble pays off.’
    • ‘I guess listening in class pays off, even if you don't read the million and one readings.’
    meet with success, be successful, succeed, be effective, work, get results, be profitable
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