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’
    • ‘Refreshing your brain can sometimes be a little hard, but in the long run it always 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.’
    • ‘Secondly, and crucially, we get the reward when the gamble pays off.’
    • ‘When we invest ourselves in our children, it often pays off in surprising ways.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have shown in the last few months that hard work in training pays off.’
    • ‘Sometimes, all that fiddling with computers at home pays off extravagantly.’
    • ‘He's given me the courage to go out into the world knowing that being beautiful inside sometimes pays off.’
    meet with success, be successful, succeed, be effective, work, get results, be profitable
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