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English definition of “payback”

payback

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈpeɪ.bæk/ us  

payback noun [C or U] (ADVANTAGE)

an advantage received from something, especially the profit from a financial investment: The payback for reorganization should be increased productivity.

payback noun [C or U] (SOMETHING BAD)

something bad that is done to you because of something bad that you have done previously: The problems she was experiencing felt like payback for her past mistakes.
(Definition of payback from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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