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English definition of “pay off someone”

pay off someone

(MONEY FOR HELP) phrasal verb with pay    /peɪ/ verb (past tense and past participle paid  /peɪd/)
to give someone money, often illegally, after the person has done something dishonest to help you: He paid off the inspectors with bribes of $500.
(Definition of pay off someone (MONEY FOR HELP) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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